Soundproofing along Westway

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/1136
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In the Progress Report on the Mayor's Ambient Noise Strategy (October 2006), mention is made of photovoltaic noise barriers, and it was stated that Transport for London was including the assessment of opportunities for these and other noise barriers in its network management work.

What progress has been made with regard to research into noise barriers by TfL?

Residents near the Westway section of the A40 have reported increased traffic noise since the expansion of the Congestion Charge zone. Will the Mayor investigate the possibility of soundproof barriers along this stretch of the road, as part of TfL's assessment?

Answer

Answer for Soundproofing along Westway

Answer for Soundproofing along Westway

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Traffic conditions on the Westway have been largely unchanged since the expansion of the congestion charging scheme and hence would have a neutral impact on noise levels. TfL are, however, planning to undertake an assessment of the feasibility of providing noise barriers on London's busiest roads. The GLA Noise team has also commissioned a study to identify opportunities for adding photovoltaic (PV) panels to existing noise barriers. Some barriers on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) were identified for further consideration. However, none were found to be suitable for the addition of PV panels. Should any noise barriers be provided as mitigation on the TLRN in future, TfL will consider the benefits of adding PV panels.