rail noise News

  • Transport Minister pledges to monitor high speed rail noise

    In his speech at a recent conference on high speed rail, Transport Minister Philip Hammond MP said he had personally "been over every mile" of the proposed HS2 route, "exploring different approaches to mitigating the most intrusive local impacts." He expresses his love for the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside, and says that "we will do everything we practically can to mitigate the noise ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Rail Equipment Manufacturer Cited In Chemical Exposure Violation

    A Steuben County-based rail manufacturing and repair facility in Hornell, NY, Alstom Transportation Inc., was recently cited with seventeen violations totaling $105,000, following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Among those seventeen citations were four chemical exposure violations ...


    By OSHA Pros USA

  • Urban Noise Monitoring with the Invictus Noise Monitors

    The monitoring of boundary noise levels in urban locations is a high priority as the background noise levels in these environments are potentially already high. When working on new developments in urban locations situated near residents you are responsible for maintaining your noise levels within acceptable limits Monitoring and maintaining acceptable noise levels in urban environments can be a ...


    By Cirrus Environmental

  • Transport noise: the health impacts of noise pollution

    Whilst living in cities, near airports or road and rail links, might prove useful for the commute, the noise levels can sometimes be too much to bear. A growing body of research reveals, transport noise can cause sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease, elevated hormone levels, psychological problems and even premature death; studies on children have identified cognitive impairment, worsened ...

  • Tensar Geogrid technology offers sustainable solutions for Rail Trackbed and structure stability

    Tensar International has led the world in the design and manufacture of trackbed stabilisation, ground stabilisation and soil reinforcement solutions since the 1970s. Continuous development and innovation of geogrids and geotextiles, including many patented designs, have led to their use in railways across Europe and the world, as well as road, bridge, embankment, runway and many other ...


    By Tensar International

  • Turn down the noise — softening the impact of excess transport noise

    As a major contributor to greenhouse gases, the transport sector figures high on the international climate change agenda. But for many living in cities, under flight paths or near major road and rail links, it's another of transport's by-products that causes most immediate harm: noise. Clearly, transport noise's long-term impacts fall a long way short of the apocalyptic projections for unabated ...

  • Elecnor short-listed for the future California high speed rail infrastructure project

    Elecnor has been short-listed to take part in the Caltrain Modernization Program, involving the commuter rail service in California between San Francisco and San Jose. This is an ambitious project worth nearly USD 1.23 billion (approximately EUR 970 million) and scheduled to be implemented by 2019.    Specifically, Elecnor, in a joint venture with Cobra, has been short-listed for the ...


    By ELECNOR

  • Viridor`s appeal over road to rail transfer station thrown out

    Viridor’s Scottish regional director has accused the Government’s planning system of “stalling development again” after its appeal against the refused planning permission to build a road to rail transfer station in Portobello, Edinburgh was thrown out. The Scottish Government’s directorate for planning and environmental appeals concluded that, the impact on the conservation area that is ...

  • Noise pollution `linked to heart death`

    Noise pollution from transport is linked to 50,000 fatal heart attacks in the EU every year, researchers have claimed. A study published by the sustainable transport campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E) said noise from rail and roads is linked to a further 200,000 cases of heart disease in Europe. Close to half of all Europeans are regularly exposed to traffic noise pollution that ...

  • Reviewing the multiple impacts of noise pollution

    While occupational exposure to noise has declined, ‘social’ exposure in the form of personal music players or rock concerts is estimated to have tripled for young people since the 1980s. A new review examines studies that have investigated noise sources, including environmental (e.g. traffic) and social (e.g. via headphones) sources. The review also explores research into the range of ...

  • Banedanmark uses noise monitoring terminals

    As construction work on Banedanmark’s (Rail Net Denmark) new tunnel begins, the company will monitor its noise levels closely to reduce the impact on local residents, using Noise Monitoring Terminals (NMT). Six noise monitoring terminals, provided by sound and vibration specialist Brüel & Kjær, will be set up in key locations in the suburbs of Valby and Hvidovre, ...

  • `Healing the rift: health effects of air quality and noise`

    The Air Quality Management Resource Centre, UWE and Environmental Protection SW are proud to announce their collaboration once more with the launch of the 2010 Annual Conference. The theme of this year's event is "Healing the Rift: Health Effects of Air Quality and Noise" and includes distinguished speakers such as Robert Vaughan, Bob Maynard, Frank Kelly and Dick Derwent. You ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • What makes railway noise annoying? Research investigates

    A new study into the impact of railway noise has revealed that it is not just the level of noise that contributes to annoyance for local residents, but also the number of trains and the vibrations they cause. As railway transport is likely to increase in coming years, plans are needed to reduce these effects. A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that one in ...

  • Environment: Speaking the same language on noise exposure

    Quantifying noise exposure will be significantly easier thanks to a new set of common noise assessment methods published today. Comparable data on noise exposure in Europe is a prerequisite to set up EU policies to reduce noise pollution, a growing health and economic concern all over Europe. The new methods – known as Common Noise Assessment Methods in Europe (CNOSSOS-EU) – were ...

  • Sound and the City - environmental noise mapping made simple

    Brüel & Kjær launch latest version of Predictor software. Environmental noise mapping is now much simpler with world leading sound and vibration expert, Brüel & Kjær’s new Predictor™ 7810 software. Created specifically for use with Brüel & Kjær’s 2250 and 2270 sound level meters, Predictor™ 7810 V 6.1 is the most efficient multi-purpose Windows® software package available for noise ...

  • Better noise mapping with dynamic search method

    Braunstein + Berndt GmbH announce the release of their newly developed Dynamic Search calculation method. Dynamic Search estimates the contribution for each receiver and ranks the influence of all sources. Only the sources important to the final result of a receiver are calculated; the rest are estimated. By dynamically selecting the sources that need to be calculated versus estimated, more data ...


    By SoundPLAN International LLC

  • Transport noise mitigation must consider the medical impacts

    People living close to road, rail and aircraft noise are likely to experience negative health effects. Long-term noise exposure may lead to problems with their heart and circulatory (cardiovascular) system and night-time noise is particularly disruptive of sleep patterns, which in turn may lead to cardiovascular health problems, a review of research into the effects of noise on cardiovascular ...

  • Action plans to be drawn up to tackle noise

    New evidence has been provided to help road and rail operators decide on the best way to deal with the impact of noise in the 23 largest urban areas, and near to major roads and railways across the country. Target areas have been identified through a series of noise maps, and the relevant authority will investigate these areas to see what further noise mitigation can be carried out. Authorities ...

  • Exposure to Environmental Noise - World Health Organisation Report

    Exposure to environmental Noise If you are exposed to environmental noise such as motorised transport, you may experience feelings of stress and discomfort. Monitoring these noise levels is important to protect yourself and workers exposed to high levels of noise, whether it be industrial or environmental.   There are many different sources of environmental ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • Brüel & Kjær launches updated noise mapping software

    Sound and vibration expert, Brüel & Kjær’s latest version of its environmental noise mapping software, Predictor-LimA, is now available to download. The Predictor-LimA Software Suite is a highly advanced system for environmental noise calculation, mapping and analysis. It’s powerful and intuitive, making it the ideal software for experts and non-experts, ...

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