NOISE: ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF CHOICE

The growth of vehicle ownership and use has brought with it many problems. One is to determine how much, if anything, should be spent on preserving the urban environment while accommodating an increased level of vehicle use. Noise is thought to be a major factor affecting people's opinion of the environment in which they live, and the London Noise Survey demonstrated that, in Central London, traffic noise is the most frequently experienced source of disturbance. A pre-condition of a sensible policy on traffic noise is to be able to relate some measure of noise consistently and accurately to a measure of the dissatisfaction caused by noise. When the impact of noise has been sufficiently determined, it is necessary to assess the most economic methods of achieving a given noise reduction in different circumstances. Work on this is suddenly beginning in several places, but few results have yet been published. Finally, we must ask ourselves the question: "is the expenditure worthwile?" If even the cheapest method of reducing noise costs more than the amount which the people affected value the noise reduction, it is not worth taking that step to reduce noise. Finding a reliable method of valuing people's dissatisfaction, which this approach entails, is perhaps the most difficult problem of all.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Southampton University, England

    Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
    Southampton S09 5NH, Hampshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Foster, C D
  • Publication Date: 1969-3-24

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  • Pagination: 15 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00263164
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM