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).

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