Noisy road campaigners make their voices heard

Campaigners are stepping up their bid to reduce noise from the A419/417 dual carriageway in the Cotswolds.

Residents from Baunton and Bagendon with Paul Hodgkinson (centre).

Residents from Baunton and Bagendon with Paul Hodgkinson (centre).

The A419 Noise Action Group (A419NAG) was formed last year in an attempt to get the Highways Agency to replace noisy concrete parts of the road with a quieter surface.

They say the noise along parts of the road has impacted on people’s lives and is getting worse.

Now, group chair Cllr Paul Hodgkinson ┬áhas written to Gloucestershire County Council, Cotswold District Council and Wiltshire County Council, asking them to contact DEFRA to try to get the whole length of the A417 and A419 designated as an “Important Area” for noise level purposes:

“This would mean that the Highways Agency would then take action to reduce noise levels on the whole length, not just in very small pockets. Villages like Cerney Wick, Driffield, Down Ampney and Baunton all suffer from noise pollution.”

Paul said in the letter: “I would be most grateful if you could write to Defra requesting that they designate the whole length of this road so that hopefully remedial measures can be undertaken to reduce the noise affecting residents and businesses living and working nearby.

“They have suffered for far too long.”

Three hundred people have responded to the action group’s request for information about their experiences of the road noise. The online survey can be found at

Bagendon resident Brian Forde is a member of the campaign group. He and his wife Jenny have called for action to be taken to ‘right a wrong’. He said: “All we are campaigning for is something much nearer to the sound levels predicted at the time of the road being built.”


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