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Dutch 'singing road' drives locals crazy

Posted on Thursday, 12 April, 2018 | Comment icon 12 comments

Imagine hearing the same tune, over and over, 24/7. Image Credit: Javier Zubiri /
A road in the Netherlands has been fitted with rumble strips that play a tune whenever a car drives over them.
The unusual feature, which is situated next to the village of Jelsum, is designed to liven up journeys through the area while also encouraging drivers to stick to the speed limit.

The tune (a local anthem) will only play correctly if a vehicle drives across it at precisely 40mph.

While the idea does have merit, the road's builders failed to take in to account the number of residents in the surrounding area that would be subjected to the tune playing over and over 24 hours a day.

Since opening, the road has been met with harsh criticism from locals who have complained that they are having trouble sleeping and can no longer sit outside without being blasted by the noise.

"Last Saturday night the taxis were driving from Leeuwarden to Stiens and on the way back, they tried to go across the lines as quickly as possible and we had the anthem played all night at high speed," said Ria Jansma, who lives nearby.

The local council has since agreed to have the rumble strips removed as soon as possible.

Source: Reuters | Comments (12)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney on 13 April, 2018, 17:09
Rumble strips. They put them in around here. So much for the "quiet country".......
Comment icon #4 Posted by Orphalesion on 13 April, 2018, 18:29
I just don't understand in what sick mind this seems like a good idea... most of the time when someone drive they have the radio/music player on anyway in some capacity, they don't need the road playing some song somebody felt like forcing on everybody. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam on 13 April, 2018, 18:58
This is the person to blame, what is it with this new age term 'culture' that officials think they can take on any ridiculous project  because someone comes up with an idea, tells them its  'culture'  and it gets approved?  We are seeing more of these ridiculous 'culture' projects and statues all the time. It does not promote the city, just some no body artist and the officials do not want to be seen not supporting 'culture' so they spend hundreds of tax payers money on the tat. In this  case a mere €80,000 (£69,800; $99,000), including the expenses for their removal,  jeeezze!!!
Comment icon #6 Posted by thedutchiedutch on 13 April, 2018, 22:22
Dutch idiots
Comment icon #7 Posted by moonman on 16 April, 2018, 20:31
I like the idea, just not in a residential area. That's the stupid part.
Comment icon #8 Posted by sags on 17 April, 2018, 14:18
Actually ... after some serious thought I might have found a use for 'singing roads'. On pedestrian crossings at rush hour?  That tune of Oleta Adams - Get Here If You Can might go down well.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Oniomancer on 17 April, 2018, 14:46
Also Walk This Way, Walk Like An Egyptian, I'm Walkin' and of course Another One Bites The Dust.
Comment icon #10 Posted by sags on 17 April, 2018, 14:49
  Loved them! Or Bonnie Tyler's  ... Tyre Tracks and Broken Hearts.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Oniomancer on 17 April, 2018, 14:54
...But not Walk, Don't Run.
Comment icon #12 Posted by aztek on 18 April, 2018, 15:45
maybe doing entire road in annoying but it wouldn't be such a bad idea to do short sections, like   a mile or half a mile before exit.  or where speed limit changes, or before a fork, you know spots where you need extra attention

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