Mother of one claims claims roadworks on the A14 ruined her marriage

Roadworks ruined my marriage! Mother-of-one, 46, claims she split from her husband over ‘silly spats’ and a lack of sleep after construction noise that was meant to last two weeks went on for FIVE YEARS

  • Mother Sarah Hall claims work on A14 in Cambridgeshire ruined her marriage
  • She said her relationship suffered as years of construction work affected sleep
  • Ms Hall said their nerves were constantly frayed and they had ‘silly arguments’
  • She even took her daughter of of school because her work was suffering  

A mother claims roadworks on a busy dual carriageway have ruined her life and caused the breakdown of her nine year marriage.

Sarah Hall, who lives near the A14, north of Cambridge, said her relationship suffered as years of construction noise kept the family awake at night.

She said the lack of sleep and ‘constantly frayed nerves’ triggered arguments and she was forced to take her daughter out of school because she was so tired.

Roadworks on the A14 started in November 2014 and have continued for five years, making Ms Hall’s life a misery.

After she separated from her husband in July last year, she has had to take regular trips away with India, five, so they can catch up on lost sleep.

Sarah Hall (pictured with her daughter India near the construction site on the A14) said her relationship suffered as years of construction noise kept the family awake at night

Ms Hall, a clinical hypnotherapist, told Cambridgeshire Live: ‘When we first moved in [September 2014], we knew the roadworks were coming – we had accepted there would be disruption.

‘In February 2015, we were told there would be about 10 to 14 nights of works and they would be as quick as possible.

‘But after nine months, we had no sleep and could no longer function as a family unit.

‘There were many arguments. Silly spats over pointless things. When you don’t sleep you are in such a heightened fight or flight mood that if you can’t come down from it you become completely embattled.

‘So we separated, and after two years we tried again – but almost as soon as he moved back at the end of August 2017, the works started again.’

Ms Hall (pictured with her daughter) said there were ‘many arguments ‘ and ‘silly spats over pointless things’ that led to the breakdown of her marriage

Ms Hall said the pair tried hard to make the relationship work for a year, but the lack of sleep and ‘constantly frayed nerves’ became ‘too much.’

‘We complained to Highways,’ she claimed. 

‘The noise changed, but it would go back to how it was. The decibels would reach around 100. 

Sarah Hall at her home in Cambridge with the A14 roadworks in the background

Sarah Hall at her home in Cambridge with the A14 roadworks in the background

‘It’s because of the different workers. The teams change every so often, so whoever comes in doesn’t know the rules and it’s back to square one.’

She said the pair tried to find somewhere else to live in the city, where friends and family are, but they could ‘not afford it’.

She said the former couple lost their twin boys just after they were born so ‘the issues we dealt with as a couple were much deeper than usual.’

Ms Hall added: ‘We are now best friends, but we can never undo what has happened and be together as a couple again.’

After her ex-husband moved out, Ms Hall and India have been enduring the noise together – which has taken its toll.

‘I have been incredibly blessed to have an amazing landlady, a beautiful home and garden in which to bring up my daughter.

‘But with each encroachment of the road, I have seen our standard of living slipping, our health both physically and emotionally being directly affected, and an inability to change our circumstance.’

The standard of living had been so bad for the family that India had to be taken out of primary school.

Ms Hall said the lack of sleep and 'constantly frayed nerves' triggered arguments and she was forced to take her daughter (pictured) out of school because she was so tired

Ms Hall said the lack of sleep and ‘constantly frayed nerves’ triggered arguments and she was forced to take her daughter (pictured) out of school because she was so tired

‘She would go into school being unable to concentrate, being so tired from no sleep,’ said Ms Hall.

‘So I had to take her out of school and home-school her.

‘We now travel together to Norfolk every so often to catch up on sleep. It’s peaceful there.’ 

A Highways England spokesperson said: ‘We are working very hard to limit the impact of the A14 upgrade on local communities and we are always open to ideas for how we can improve.

A Highways England spokesperson said: 'We are working very hard to limit the impact of the A14 upgrade. Ms Hall is pictured near her home, overlooking the site

A Highways England spokesperson said: ‘We are working very hard to limit the impact of the A14 upgrade. Ms Hall is pictured near her home, overlooking the site 

‘Upgrading the A14 is a massive job. It includes a brand new bypass for Huntingdon, as well as widening existing sections of the A14 and the A1, and we are working very hard to be a good neighbour and try to keep disruption during construction to a minimum, especially during the night.

‘We understand that it is not easy living near a major construction site and we appreciate the patience of all our neighbours.’ 

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