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WP 3: Consensus building workshops on reducing noise from trains


Started : January 2000 Duration : 36 months
Leader European Rail Research Institute
Participants Swiss Federal Railways
French National Railways
AEA Technology Rail BV
German National Railways
TNO Institute of Applied Physics
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Objectives:

  • Provide the relevant information to build a strategy and reach consensus on the priority action areas for noise source improvements.
  • Gather information and reach consensus on the optimal balance between source noise reduction and noise abatement.
  • Discuss the opportunities for the optimisation of rules, legislation and voluntary agreements.
  • Provide liaison with the STAIRRS project steering group

Tasks

Four workshops will be held during the life of the project involving :

  • Railway operators.
  • Infrastructure managers.
  • Capacity regulators
  • UIC / CER / UIP / UNIFE
  • The EU (Directorate and Future Noise Policy WG members).
  • National and local authorities.
  • Industry
  • Consultants
  • Universities in addition to consortium members.

The project will collaborate with the EU Working Groups assisting in the development of Future Noise Policy, in particular with the Working Group.

Output:

  • An agreed policy to reduce noise at source in the most cost effective way, by retrofit, new design solutions and through combinations of measures at source and abatement.
  • This will be supplemented by information on calculation and simulation models, on expert systems as a tool for management, consensus about policy, strategy, standards, measures and costs.


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