As the New Year starts we intend a firm push to try and get some results.
Friday 2nd January saw East Midlans Today do a film interview, despite only having an hours notice we managed to muster some 20 people on the Upwoods Road bridge to show support.
Monday 5th, An interview and photo shot by the Ashbourne News which will also appear in Uttoxeter and Burton papers later this week.
If you would like to be involved and help please get in touch.
Sixteen years after the opening and we're still waiting for a quiter surface, traffic volumes are now up to 50,000 a day and with the news of the major restructure and removal of the roundabouts at Uttoxeter will mean less holdups and attract more traffic which in turn will mean more noise for Doveride and the surrounding area.
Our MP Patrick McLoughlin is now the Transport Minister and has previousley supported our plight, with the news of a huge budget for road improvements anounced this week (01/12/14) we hope we will at last get something done.
Since the completion of the Doveridge section of the A50 M1/M6 link in 1998 Doveridge has been blighted with the constant noise created by the brushed concrete surface that was used by Connect Roadways in its construction.
Despite the road being generally welcomed to relieve the ever increasing traffic volumes this type of surface is not acceptable when far more environmentally friendly quieter surfaces are available and indeed were available at the time this road was constructed.
The decision to use brushed concrete by Balfour Beatty consortium must have been taken purely on a financial basis as it is so durable but the downside of this is the constant noise it creates, and it is this that affects people's lives living within it's corridor.
After previous actions and protests in 2000 the Government Agreed to resurface this road in their 'Ten Year Transport Plan' which promised to resurface all concrete roads within that ten years and giving priority to roads that had turned out to be noisier than predicted in its original Public Enquiry.
DOVERIDGE QUALIFIES FOR THIS
The reason for the resurrection of this campaign is that in May 2006 despite several promises to resurface, the A50 at Doveridge has now been dropped from the schedule due to lack of funding.
To restore some sort of quality of life to Doveridge,Somersal and surrounding areas we must again campaign to get what has been promised to us and get this 2.4 mile section of concrete resurfaced with quieter tarmac to get rid of this constant noise blight
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Letter below from Patrick McLoughlin to Cliff Cason