Roads and Traffic - Problems and Solutions


Traffic Noise in Rural Areas: Personal Experiences of People Affected

Five case studies gathered qualitative evidence of the under-reported issues arising from traffic noise in rural areas.  Findings fell into two broad categories: surprisingly severe experience of noise where people live near busy rural roads, even to the extent of health problems; and significant degradation of how the countryside is experienced at far greater distances from roads than official assessment procedures consider, leading to people avoiding visiting some of Britain’s most beautiful places.

Carried out for The Noise Association with funding from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. (2008)

Download: Traffic Noise in Rural Areas: Personal Experiences of People Affected [pdf 706kB]


Beyond Transport Infrastructure: Lessons for the Future from Recent Road Projects

This report examined the effects of road schemes on traffic growth, landscape
and development pressure. It looked at the appraisal process before a road is built and the evaluation process afterwards. There are three detailed case studies: the Newbury Bypass, M65 Blackburn Southern Bypass and Polegate Bypass. The study showed traffic growth far in excess of official predictions and unsustainable car-based development. It highlighted the failure of the appraisal process to capture these important real-life consequences of road-building.

The work was commissioned by the Countryside Agency and CPRE and the project team was Transport and Environment consultancy, Transport for Quality of Life, and John Elliott Consultancy. (2006)

A short follow-up to the main report analysed the Highways Agency’s 5-year-after Post Project Evaluation of the Newbury Bypass which was released subsequent to completion of the main report. (2006)

Download: full report Beyond Transport Infrastructure [pdf 949kB]

Download: summary version Beyond Transport Infrastructure [pdf 647kB]

Download: Follow-up Analysis of Newbury Bypass [pdf 65kB]