Rational regulations for vibrations from rail traffic

Invited paper

Martin Van Den Berg

Chiaramonte Noise and Transport Consult

Monday 1 june, 2015, 16:40 - 17:00

0.4 Brussels (189)

Few countries have adopted regulations for vibrations and only one made this statutory. In that last case the regulators however fell back on old practices which are based on rather weak evidence on their effectiveness. Partly this seems due to the perceived complexity of vibration issues, partly to a lack of knowledge, partly to the feeling that vibrations are somehow less of a problem. In this paper a procedure is described how to derive a regulatory system for rail vibrations according to WHO-rules for the use of epidemiological evidence in environmental risk assessment on the one hand and information on the effectiveness of measures on the other hand. Recent developments in the EU-project CARGOVIBES made it possible to get sufficient data to make the first steps. Not all elements that are necessary for a stable regulatory system are available, but at least politicians may be supported much better in the decisions for a better protection of the population. Worrying gaps in knowledge are the influence of night exposure on health, the interaction with noise exposure and the effectiveness of measures.

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