Road Traffic Noise – The Issue
Complete silence is a rare commodity indeed and sadly, many of us just accept background noise of varying levels as part of everyday life.
One major contributory factor to noise pollution is road traffic and the incontrovertible fact is that with road use increasing all the time, it is only going to get worse.
Whether it’s the distant drone of a motorway or busy A road, the roar of a motorbike on a residential avenue or heavy industrial trucks we all experience traffic noise of varying levels on a daily basis.
The problem however, is far greater than ‘just’ being annoying, regular exposure to noise pollution can lead to hypertension, increased stress levels and contribute to high blood pressure and conditions such as tinnitus and hearing loss.
It is also clear that this is not just an issue for town and city dwellers, those living in more rural areas will suffer more from the shock of unexpected traffic noise disturbing an otherwise peaceful sound environment. And, with the increase of green-belt developments, construction traffic is on the rise, not only causing noise pollution but potentially structural damage to road adjacent properties.