Noise maps of UK now Available on the Internet

Noise Map, Defra LogoA new Defra website (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK has launched a new feature on website giving information about noise levels in 23 urban areas.

The new Defra website shows level of environmental noise from major industries, road and rail networks in important urban areas in England. It covers 80,000 km of roads within urban areas, 28,000 km of major road networks and almost 5,000 km of railways.

The information will be used to draw up action plans to reduce unreasonable levels of noise. This information will also help to protect designated quiet areas.

Users will be able to search by postcode to access maps at show noise levels over an average 24 hour period, as well as during night time hours only. The site will also update users regarding people exposed to these levels of noise.

“These maps provide the most comprehensive snapshot yet of noise in our country, all at the click of a mouse. They will provide a spring board to go forward and tackle unnecessary and unreasonable noise pollution,” said Jonathan Shaw, Environment Minister, UK.

The urban areas covered by the noise level maps include Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Coventry, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Southend, Teeside, The Potteries, Tyneside, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.

Users can find noise level in these cities at http://noisemapping.defra.gov.uk/wps/portal/noise