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Surrey: M25 Noise Pollution

Part of Private Rented Sector – in Westminster Hall at 4:42 pm on 17th March 2020.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport) 4:42 pm, 17th March 2020

It is always an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairship, Sir Gary. I congratulate Mr Lord on securing this debate, which is incredibly important to his constituents. I intend to keep my remarks incredibly brief, not least because I know the Minister, and I know that she is working incredibly hard with her officials on other business.

Noise pollution is an issue, and motorists clearly find this problem deeply unpleasant when driving. I know that the AA is often inundated with complaints and concerns about faults to vehicles, and I also know that this is a road safety issue, in that some people slam on the brakes when they hear the noise. Noise pollution is a major issue. It causes physical and mental health problems. The Budget committed to a £30 billion investment in road networks, but a surge in road building will only increase road noise and pollution.

The Government should reduce road usage by better investing in public transport, such as bus networks and—in the area of the hon. Member for Woking—the South Western rail network. In addition, the Government need to do much more to encourage the uptake of electric and hybrid vehicles. That is all I want to say.