A dad has got so fed up from trying to sleep through the constant din at night from a busy Midlands road that he has tried out going to bed during the day.
Dave, 51, and his wife are looking to move out of their home on High Brink Road, Coleshill, as they can’t cope with the noise from the A446 any longer.
Worst of all he says is the racket that comes from boy racers, motorbike convoys and traffic diverted off the motorway.
The noise is horrific even though there are trees to buffer it and Dave says it is even worse for Jackie and James McCormack who are just nine feet from the dual carriageway, reports BirminghamLive,
He joined the couple’s urgent calls for a stretch of the road, next to residential properties, to be reduced to a 40mph speed limit rather than the 70mph.
Dave’s comments come after his neighbour Jackie McCormack shared her nightmare after buying a house for £325,000 near the busy road.
Jackie and her husband couldn’t believe their luck when they bought an “absolutely beautiful” three-bed new build for £350,000 in Coleshill, near Birmingham.
But as soon as they moved in, traffic from the busy A446 Lichfield Road – just nine feet from their home – meant they were constantly rocked by passing motorists.
The couple have been forced to wear earplugs and Jackie has likened it to “living next to a motorway” and called for the speed limit to be lowered.
“I do really feel for those people who have purchased that house because they’re not going to have an easy time with it,” the dad-of-three said.
“The traffic on the A446 is only going to increase because it just leads to everywhere, you can go off to Chelmsley Wood, Erdington, off to Coventry, Solihull.
“I always said when they were building houses there, anyone who buys a house there are going to be so exposed. It is a very, very busy road.
“The only difference between our property is that we’ve got a divider of a road and trees. The difficulty is with theirs, they’ve just got a garden, fence and then the road.
“I agree with Jackie, if they had a speed limit of 40-50mph it would be so much quieter.”
Even though his family aren’t as close as the McCormacks, they too have tried earplugs, sleeping in the spare room and the dad has even stayed up all night because of the noise.
“We’ve got a spare back room, if it gets really bad we just sleep in the back bedroom. You can still hear it but it’s not as prominent,” Dave added.
“Before, if I’m not going to work, I’ve just stayed awake of a night doing odd jobs and then just went to bed in the daytime.”
He said every Tuesday for as long as he can remember, the boy racers have been using the street as a race track from Stonebridge Island to Bassetts Pole.
“It’s just a huge traffic problem and coupled with that every Tuesday night for as long as I’ve been living here, they have the boy racers,” he said.
“It’s like a speedway. They literally race to see who can get from one end to the other. They do car cruising as well, they’ve got all the souped-up cars, they’ve got all the lights that shine on the road underneath the cars, it’s just like something out of a film sometimes.
“If there was a bit of a police presence on the A446 it would deter them. I just wish they could do something about the racing. Children are going to get seriously harmed by it.
“Sometimes I’ll be out doing some gardening, and the speeds cars travel along there, I’m so surprised there hasn’t been a fatality on that road. They do drive so recklessly and so fast. Through the lockdown, the car drivers just used it as a racing track.”
When the family purchased the property, they drove by in their car and parked up at night to check noise levels – but two decades ago, it was manageable compared to the disruption today.
“We’re a little bit sheltered in the summer months when the trees grow back, but we’ve noticed over the last three to four years the traffic has increased,” he said.
“You get big articulated lorries, sometimes they’ll be steaming through because they’ve closed the motorway, and they’re normally trying to get to the M6.
“We just don’t want to live by such a noisy place, we know probably our house prices will be affected by that, but we’re preparing for that.”
The family are now looking to move somewhere more rural within the next one to two years.
Warwickshire County Council said it is aware of the problems and would “very carefully” consider possible solutions.
A spokesperson said: “A meeting is currently being arranged with various stakeholders to discuss this.
“Obviously, there is no guarantee that it will be possible to provide any measures, but we will consider the issues raised very carefully and aim to recommend possible solutions.”