Annoyance due to vibration from freight railway lines in the Netherlands and Poland

Invited paper

Sabine Janssen

Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research

Monday 1 june, 2015, 18:00 - 18:20

0.4 Brussels (189)

An important aim of the EU-project CargoVibes was to derive exposure-response relationships for the expected annoyance due to vibration among residents living near freight railway lines. This was done based on existing survey data, as well as on some new survey data gathered within the project. To this end, a questionnaire was sent by mail to residents living in the vicinity of railway tracks with freight traffic at two sites in the Netherlands and at one site in Poland. Response rates were respectively 30% (N=112), 26% (N=131) and 45% (N=114). For most of these respondents, railway vibration exposure was either measured or extrapolated from measurements in similar dwellings in the neighbourhood. Apart from providing additional input for a pooled meta-analysis, these survey data offered the opportunity to investigate in more detail the situational and attitudinal factors that influence annoyance by vibration from freight railway lines.

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