Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Alistair Darling, urging him to ask the Highways Agency to use a ‘quiet surface‘ on the proposed wider stretch of the M1 at Redbourn when it is built.
Peter Lilley said: “Some years ago I asked the Transport Minster to re-surface the M1 where it passes Redbourn with this ‘quiet‘ surface which has been usefully successfully abroad, but to no avail.
“Now that increased use of these surfaces is bringing down their cost, there is no reason why they cannot be used when the M1 is widened. Widening the M1 will increase traffic speeds and bring the noise nearer the village. This can only be made tolerable to local residents if a quieter surface is installed. I shall be working with Redbourn Parish Council to ensure that with the road so much closer to the village, the Secretary of State is aware that the use of this type of surface is essential for the wellbeing of the villagers.”