Res­i­dents call end of the road on noise

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY FITZGER­ALD

Auck­land res­i­dents have reached the end of the road with hav­ing to tol­er­ate mo­tor­way noise.

Eller­slie Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (ERA) sec­re­tary Bryce Bart­ley is call­ing for im­me­di­ate ac­tion to re­duce the im­pact of traffic noise from State High­way 1 (SH1) and in­vites the Trans­port Min­is­ter to ex­pe­ri­ence the prob­lem for him­self.

Ac­cord­ing to Bart­ley, res­i­dents feel that traffic on SH1 has in­creased noise to un­ac­cept­able lev­els.

‘‘The in­creased noise we are fac­ing from this mo­tor­way is ab­so­lutely crazy,’’ Eller­slie res­i­dent Troy El­liott says.

No of­fi­cial deci­bel read­ings have been recorded, but NZTA Auck­land High­way Man­ager Brett Glid­don ac­knowl­edges the noise has in­creased and says a de­sign team is work­ing on a noise bar­rier in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Eller­slie area.

In Oc­to­ber the ERA, Find­lay St and Hew­son St res­i­dents es­tab­lished a group to en­sure mo­tor­way bar­ri­ers are con­structed to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem.

Bart­ley says that dur­ing a may­oral can­di­dates meet­ing in Eller­slie ear­lier this year (now mayor) Phil Goff re­ferred to the is­sue. ‘‘Phil said it was a dis­grace that there was no noise pro­tec­tion for Eller­slie from the mo­tor­way,’’ Bart­ley says.

Eller­slie Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion town cen­tre man­ager Me­gan Dar­row also sup­ports the im­ple­men­ta­tion of sound bar­ri­ers.

‘‘Our vil­lage is the clos­est town cen­tre to a mo­tor­way which makes it highly ac­ces­si­ble, yet re­mains one of the few places where there are no sound bar­ri­ers,’’ Dar­row says.

Glid­don says NZTA is pre­par­ing a busi­ness case to in­ves­ti­gate bar­ri­ers where res­i­den­tial ar­eas are ex­posed to noise along the Auck­land mo­tor­way net­work.

‘‘As part of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, el­e­vated res­i­den­tial noise ex­po­sure has been iden­ti­fied ad­ja­cent to the mo­tor­way in Eller­slie, and noise bar­ri­ers have been iden­ti­fied as a so­lu­tion for por­tions of the mo­tor­way in this area.

Glid­don says the bar­ri­ers in­ves­ti­ga­tion is at a con­cept level with gen­eral bar­rier lo­ca­tions be­ing iden­ti­fied.

Ex­act lo­ca­tions, bar­rier height, and bar­rier con­struc­tion have not been con­firmed.

MARY FITZGER­ALD / FAIR­FAX NZ

Homes in Eller­slie on the edge of SH1 are un­pro­tected from mo­tor­way noise.

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