Noise Barrier Collaborative Learning Event


A-one+, Highways England and supply partner VeRSco co-hosted a collaborative learning event to showcase the pioneering combined noise barrier and vehicle restraint system (VRS) they have developed which is currently being installed at junction 39 of the M1.

The event was used as an opportunity to share the innovation with broader Highways England staff, Transport Focus and several  industry contractors. The programme included a detailed presentation outlining; how the concept came about, compliance trials, collaborative working on installation methodology and post scheme efficiencies levered.

There was an opportunity to peruse scheme exhibition materials and presenters took numerous questions from the audience.

Following a site induction, the group went on to visit both south and north bound slip roads which were at varying stages of completion but clearly demonstrating the many benefits of the product in -situ. The site supervisors were on hand to answer installation queries on site.

The combined barrier concept came about to tackle a specific noise pollution problem for the communities and properties adjacent to the junction. The location presented several serious problems such as; very limited space, housing for services and communication equipment, topographical constraints and a weak geotechnical embankment meaning we had to look beyond conventional methods.

The scheme is due to be completed soon and residents should benefit from an estimated 37 decibel reduction in noise.

The combined noise barrier and VRS can be easily implemented throughout the industry and demonstrates how genuine collaboration can bring about improvements.

To learn more about this innovative new product, its benefits and confirmed efficiencies click here.