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Excessive noise from traffic disrupts children's bedtime in Studley

Laura Kearns 31st May, 2017

CHILDREN in Studley are having to ‘wear earplugs to sleep’ due to the noise from lorries hurtling through the village.

Some 20,000 vehicles pass through Studley and Mappleborough Green each day, with many lorries using the A435 road as a route to the motorway.

But parents say the HGVs are putting a ‘terrible burden’ on the town due to noise, pollution and congestion. They say the situation has also worsened due to overnight closures on the three lane M5 and roadworks on the dual carriageway A46.

A spokeswoman for Studley Traffic Action Group told the Observer: “During the day these enormous HGVs rumble through the villages. Overnight, they completely ignore the 30mph speed limit and cause homes near the road to literally shake with their weight and speed.

“It has been a very long time since these residents got a decent night’s sleep, with children having to wear earplugs just to make it through a day at school.”

The group say nothing has been done about the problem except a survey establishing where the HGVs are coming from and where they are going – the results of which they are still waiting to hear.

Their issues are set to be raised at forthcoming highway meetings by local Councillor Beaman. Dates for the meeting will be set after the general election.

The spokeswoman added: “We are quite frankly becoming tired of either being ignored on this issue, or being placated with vague promises that ‘something’ will be done.

“Our frustration grows as the problem worsens, and our sleep and sanity deteriorates further.”

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