Campaigners demand action on 'noisy' stretch of A419

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Paul Hodgkinson and Cllr Mike Evemy from the A419 Noise Action Group with supporters of the group Gloucestershire County Councillor Shaun Parson and Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Paul Hodgkinson and Cllr Mike Evemy from the A419 Noise Action Group with supporters of the group Gloucestershire County Councillor Shaun Parson and Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

A LOBBY group is demanding that unspent money given to a road maintenance firm is used to repair a noisy section of the A419.

Excessive noise caused by a concrete section of the road near Latton has been plaguing residents since it was built in 1998 and has prompted the formation of the A419 NAG (Noise Action Group).

Figures recently obtained by the group from the Highways Agency (HA) show that Road Management Services (RMS), which built the road and manage it on behalf of the HA, received around £285million from the Government to spend on the carriageway between 1996 and 2013.

The cash was funded through a 30-year contract agreed when the road was built with RMS set to receive a further £200 million by the end of the agreement in 2026.

According to RMS £1.2-£1.5 million has been spent each year since 1996 on road maintenance, excluding management and major scheme costs, with the remainder used to repay a £110 million loan taken out by to build and operate the road.

Paul Hodgkinson, chairman of the A419 NAG, said: “Since the completion of the dual carriageway, a large amount of cash has been given out by the Government and very little spent in comparison. Surely a small part of this eye-popping £285 million can be spent on reducing the noise?

“We believe that the HA in conjunction with RMS should use some of the cash and address this issue once and for all. Measures can be taken to bring the noise levels down.”

A spokesman for the HA said that while some sections of the A419 had been identified as problems by a ‘noise map’ and would be tackled by 2021, the Latton section was not among them, but the road would be resurfaced with a quieter tarmac when the current road surface wore out.

A spokesman for RMS said the organisation could not comment for commercial reasons.

The A419 NAG is compiling responses from 500 residents who have completed a survey on the impacts of noise pollution, which it aims to publish in summer.

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4:35pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Somebody is making ALOT of money from the 'shadow' toll which operates on this road.

The increased volume of traffic in recent years on this road (34,000 vehicles a day) means the monies keep rolling in to the coffers.

Whilst no-one will dispute PFI contracts should show a return to the original risk takers, the obscene levels on this early PFI initiative under John Major's government is cause for real concern.

A quick piece of research shows RMS (Gloucester) Ltd. is sitting on £18m of cash in the bank.

Perhaps it's time to name and shame the Directors into some action.
Somebody is making ALOT of money from the 'shadow' toll which operates on this road. The increased volume of traffic in recent years on this road (34,000 vehicles a day) means the monies keep rolling in to the coffers. Whilst no-one will dispute PFI contracts should show a return to the original risk takers, the obscene levels on this early PFI initiative under John Major's government is cause for real concern. A quick piece of research shows RMS (Gloucester) Ltd. is sitting on £18m of cash in the bank. Perhaps it's time to name and shame the Directors into some action. Olly Cromwell
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7:03pm Wed 23 Apr 14

David Broad says...

I know the photographer said "Look miserable," but you didn't have to take him that literally .....
I know the photographer said "Look miserable," but you didn't have to take him that literally ..... David Broad
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8:01pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Col Mustard says...

So Geoffrey is campaigning against a policy set by his own party and the. EU crazed John Major......

The reason why they are all glum is because they are all going to be saying bye bye ...The electorate has you lot rumbled !
So Geoffrey is campaigning against a policy set by his own party and the. EU crazed John Major...... The reason why they are all glum is because they are all going to be saying bye bye ...The electorate has you lot rumbled ! Col Mustard
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8:42am Mon 28 Apr 14

Bert Wilkins says...

What a farce. Has anyone driven that road recently and noticed that it is the QUIETEST road around here, as it is the only road still in one piece?
When you come off the concrete section just before Cricklade as you hit a series of rutted road, then the noise gets seriously bad, but no one mentions this.

I know Geoff, let's waste more tax payers money digging up the road just so you can keep the vote of 500 people who must have lovely lives if a bit of background noise is all they have to worry about.
What a farce. Has anyone driven that road recently and noticed that it is the QUIETEST road around here, as it is the only road still in one piece? When you come off the concrete section just before Cricklade as you hit a series of rutted road, then the noise gets seriously bad, but no one mentions this. I know Geoff, let's waste more tax payers money digging up the road just so you can keep the vote of 500 people who must have lovely lives if a bit of background noise is all they have to worry about. Bert Wilkins
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6:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Col Mustard says...

Answer to the bleedin obvious question of the year
Which sort of roads wear out quicker , tarmac or concrete ? Er Tarmac.
So which surface therefore requires less maintenance Er Concrete..
So which surface would you put down in order that you can trouser more of the income and payout zippo on maintenance Er Concrete....

Well done .....clearly GCB loves PFI agreements and spending bucket loads of public money having voted last night to spend £70 Billion on a London to somewhere up North duplicate railway.......

So will that benefit Cotswold residents with craters and potholes in their roads ?
Do drop Geoff a line at his email address....although he is probably rather busy organising Julie Girling's leaving party..... you know the invisible MEP !
Answer to the bleedin obvious question of the year Which sort of roads wear out quicker , tarmac or concrete ? Er Tarmac. So which surface therefore requires less maintenance Er Concrete.. So which surface would you put down in order that you can trouser more of the income and payout zippo on maintenance Er Concrete.... Well done .....clearly GCB loves PFI agreements and spending bucket loads of public money having voted last night to spend £70 Billion on a London to somewhere up North duplicate railway....... So will that benefit Cotswold residents with craters and potholes in their roads ? Do drop Geoff a line at his email address....although he is probably rather busy organising Julie Girling's leaving party..... you know the invisible MEP ! Col Mustard
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