Noise and safety barrier tech to debut on M1
The M1 is to be fitted with a new barrier that will not only reduce the level of noise for local residents but also bring safety benefits.
Paid for with money from a special environment fund, the barrier will be installed along the M1 northbound and southbound carriageways at Denby Dale (junction 39) and on the northbound exit and southbound entry slip roads; an area of the M1 has been identified as a national hotspot by Defra in relation to noise.
Highways England project manager Sujad Hussain explained: “This is the first system of its kind in the UK that will act as a noise and safety barrier. The barrier can withstand the impact of a 13-tonne bus travelling at 70km per hour and additionally shows a noise reduction of 37 decibels, a similar noise level to a refrigerator humming.
“The barrier was tested in Italy and by using this solution we reduce the amount of vegetation we need to remove and it allows us to create a continuous stretch of barrier over the bridge, which might have been difficult using other methods.
Work will start on the southbound entry slip road on Monday 5 November. The scheme is expected to be completed by the end of February.