The noisiest roads in south east London revealed

A map of south east London has revealed which roads are producing the most noise pollution.

The viewer shows road and railway noise levels and the associated noise Important Areas (IAs), which are ‘hotspot’ locations identified by the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as requiring further investigation.

Using a map of England’s noise and air quality named Extrium, we looked at south east London to reveal the noisiest roads in the area.

The blue lines represent a noise level of more than 75 decibels.

It comes as no surprise that the M25 emits the most noise across the whole of south east London, along with the A282 Dartford.

Basically, any road coming off the M25 carries the noise with it.

The A2 running through Dartford, Bexley and Greenwich has a stand-out level of noise pollution.

The A206 to Erith is also a noisy route.

The A20 (which runs through Swanley, Sidcup, Eltham and Lewisham) is also highlighted as making prominent noise.

Road noise is known to contribute to health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes and dementia.

The annual social cost of urban road noise, including lost productivity from sleep disturbance and health costs is estimated to be up to £10 billion.

See the map below:

News Shopper: Source: ExtriumSource: Extrium (Image: Extrium)

Recently, a new type of camera has been launched which tracks the noise of cars driving on the street.

The Government has said that this will help with a crackdown on “boy racers” revving engines and using illegal exhausts.

These cameras have initially been deployed in an area of Bradford on October 18 but drivers in South Gloucestershire, Great Yarmouth and Birmingham will also be monitored in the future as part of a trial to clampdown on antisocial driving.

They use a camera and several microphones to detect noisy vehicles, collecting evidence which can then be used by police to issue fines.

Used car buying service ChooseMyCar spoke to 2,000 adults across the UK and found that 71 per cent supported noise cameras being installed to catch and fine illegally noisy vehicles in cities, while 67 per cent were behind the move in rural areas, too.

Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “Rowdy road drivers beware – these new cameras will help the police clampdown on those who break the legal noise limits or use illegal modified exhausts to make excessive noise in our communities.

“We’ll be working closely with the local authorities and police to share any findings, and I hope that this technology paves the way for quieter, peaceful streets across the country.”

Would you like to see these noise-tracking cameras installed in your area? Or are there any problem roads near you? – Leave us a comment.

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