Road Surfaces

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 1973.

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Photo of Mr Joseph Kinsey Mr Joseph Kinsey , Birmingham, Perry Barr 12:00 am, 5th December 1973

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is able to report any progress in the development of quieter road surfaces, arising from his Department's research or from other interested sources.

Photo of Mr Keith Speed Mr Keith Speed , Meriden

The noise levels of all types of surfaces are currently being reviewed. Reduction of tyre noise has to be balanced against conflicting requirements such as skid resistance at high speeds and durability.

Photo of Mr Joseph Kinsey Mr Joseph Kinsey , Birmingham, Perry Barr

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. I hope he will ensure that his Department makes all speed on this project, because the amount of wheel noise which my constituents in Perry Barr have to suffer is tremendous. I take into consideration—

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

Order. The hon. Member must ask a question.

Photo of Mr Joseph Kinsey Mr Joseph Kinsey , Birmingham, Perry Barr

Will my hon. Friend see that some advance is made by his Department, keeping in mind the speed factor, to cut down noise?

Photo of Mr Keith Speed Mr Keith Speed , Meriden

I can tell my hon. Friend that we hope to have the results of the review within two or three months, and next spring we will be carrying out extensive field trials of a new surface which is very encouraging.

Photo of Mr Peter Trew Mr Peter Trew , Dartford

Can my hon. Friend say whether any conclusion has yet been reached about the relevant noise generating qualities of concrete roads as opposed to tar roads?

Photo of Mr Keith Speed Mr Keith Speed , Meriden

This is being looked at in the context of the review and of the problem which I know is worrying my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Kinsey). I hope that we will be able to make real progress on that in the near future.