A dad living near the busy A446 says he’s pulled all-nighters and has chosen to sleep in the day instead because the thunder of traffic is so loud overnight.
Dave, 51, and his wife are even planning on moving out of his home of 20 years in High Brink Road, Coleshill for a quieter life away from the ‘nightmare’ road.
He revealed how boy racers, motorbike convoys, and diverted motorway traffic had ruined the area for him, adding that he ‘felt for’ Jackie and James McCormack who are just 9ft away from the dual carriageway’s edge.
Though the noise is ‘buffered’ by the trees and he’s 1.8miles from their new build property in James Munday Rise, he too described the noise as a ‘nightmare’.
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.
“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 told BirminghamLive, speaking out after the McCormack’s told their story.
“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 consider them ‘very carefully’ to recommend 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.”