Noise reduction options for Wendover
|Where:||Wendover bypass A413|
Public consultation on options to reduce noise from the Wendover bypass and HS2 construction traffic
|Status:||5 week consultation starting on Friday 30 November 2018 and online survey launches|
Consultation will open with a two-day event at Wendover library
About the consultation
In 2016, HS2 Ltd agreed to provide £1.51million to install noise barriers along the A413 Wendover bypass. The purpose of the barriers was to reduce noise from the bypass and HS2 construction traffic.
The offer from HS2 was made without prior local consultation and there are differing opinions from Wendover residents about this issue.
We are now holding a five-week consultation for local residents to express their views.
In the consultation we are asking you to state your preference on the following four options for
combating noise impacts.
- Do nothing
Take no action and return the money to HS2 Ltd
- Noise Barriers
Install noise barriers at three separate sites along the A413 (these should last for up to 20 years)
- Low Noise Surfacing (LNS)
Replace the current road surface with LNS on a 1.94km stretch of A413 beside Wendover (this
should last for up to 60 years)
- Very Low Noise Surfacing (vLNS)
Replace the current road surface with vLNS on a stretch of A413 beside Wendover of up to
1.94km (this may be a shorter stretch than for LNS due to additional cost)
You can respond to the consultation online via our short survey.
Paper copies of the survey will be available at Wendover Library.
It is important to note that we have asked HS2 Ltd if we can change their offer. They have not agreed to make a change until after the consultation. That means it is possible HS2 Ltd will decide not to fund a change to noise barriers at all, even if that is the preference of local people.
The consultation will be launched at a two-day event at Wendover library on:
- Friday 30 November, 4pm to 7pm
- Saturday 1 December, 10am to 2pm
The consultation will run for 5 weeks and close on Friday 4 January 2019.
Officers will be present at the events to answer questions and you will have the opportunity to submit your consultation feedback on the day.
Surveys are also available to collect in person from Wendover library. You can return these by placing in the response boxes there or posting back to the address below.
Ulrika Diallo TEE - Highway Infrastructure Projects
Buckinghamshire County Council
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Noise mitigation assurance
The Wendover noise mitigation is an assurance offered to BCC by HS2 Ltd to reduce noise from HS2 construction traffic and existing noise.
The assurance was not requested by the county council in the petitioning process. It was proposed by HS2 as compensation to the local community who petitioned, and continues to press DfT and HS2 Ltd, for an extended Chiltern tunnel.
In relation to the Promoter's proposal to provide 'support to the local highways authority to provide noise fence barriers alongside the A413 bypass past Wendover and along a 500m stretch of London Road past the church and school', the Promoter can clarify that such support would consist of a contribution up to a maximum of £1.51 million and would include reasonable:
a) related local authority project management costs
b) capital and installation costs
c) costs of any landscape impact study required
d) maintenance costs