One in five negatively affected by noisy roads

Traffic noise is disrupting the daily lives of UK adults with 81% able to hear road noises around their property, a GRIDSERVE report has claimed 

The research from the technology-enabled sustainable energy company also found that one in five (20%) of those affected by the noise say it has a negative impact on their life and one in seven (17%) UK adults completely unable to escape the sound.

More than a third (34%) of those people report that they’re losing sleep because of the loud noises at night and over a fifth (22%) said it impacts their mental health.

Also 16% of those negatively affected have reported that road noises can even make their house shake. 

As a result of this, two in 10 (23%) Brits are turning to desperate measures to deal with road noises by double or triple glazing their windows to keep the noise out, and 7% are even constantly drowning it out by playing music. 

A further 17% of people have to keep all of their windows and doors closed to reduce the level of noise and almost one in 10 (8%) are even having to resort to drastic measures such as using earplugs or defenders. 

A further Freedom of Information request, issued by GRIDSERVE, revealed that some UK citizens have been driven to complain to their local council. Of the councils that were able to supply data, the London Boroughs of Sutton and Kingston Upon Thames were among the worst affected – having each received over 115 road noise complaints in 2023 alone.

As a solution to the problem, a notable quarter (27%) of respondents see electric cars as a remedy to road noise issues. Battery electric vehicles are estimated to be around 10 dB quieter than petrol or diesel equivalents, so at low speeds each ICE vehicle is roughly as loud as 10 electric vehicles, making a significant impact in urban residential areas.

Rob Buckland, Chief Leasing Officer said: “Noise pollution in residential areas is impacting millions. The incessant hum of idling engines and loud traffic not only disrupts the tranquillity of our surroundings but also poses a serious threat to public health and well-being.

“At GRIDSERVE, we are committed to driving positive change in the transportation sector. Our focus on sustainable and innovative solutions, such as electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the development of eco-friendly transport alternatives, aims to mitigate the adverse effects of noise pollution. 

“By embracing cleaner and quieter modes of transportation, we can contribute to creating more peaceful and liveable urban environments.”

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