Effective abatement of railway noise in Germany

Regular paper

René Weinandy

Umweltbundesamt

Wednesday 3 june, 2015, 14:00 - 14:20

0.1 London (90)

Abstract:
Many people are exposed to high levels of noise that adversely affect their health and quality of life. Noise is now experienced virtually every-where and around the clock. Therefore, noise is an important environmental issue in Germany and within the EU. Under the Directives on rail traffic across Europe, the EU Commission has established pan-European noise thresholds for new types of rolling stock in the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI). The most important consequence of the noise thresholds is that particularly noisy rolling stock fitted with cast iron block brakes is no longer permitted. The challenge is now to replace these brakes in especially noisy freight wagons in the current rolling stock with quieter braking systems. As a financial incentive for rail operators to refit such rolling stock with quieter brakes, track access charges are implemented in Germany. Additionally, there are a number of technical and legal measures available. The presentation will give an overview on these measures to efficiently abate railway noise in Germany.

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