NOISE IMPLICATIONS OF THE TRANSFER OF FREIGHT FROM ROAD TO RAIL. REPORT BY A WORKING GROUP OF THE NOISE ADVISORY COUNCIL

One of the chief sources of traffic noise in its most disturbing form is the heavy lorry. The working group have considered whether the transfer of freight to some other mode would alleviate the noise nuisance. Factors affecting the present volume of freight traffic and future trends are analysed. Noise levels of road and rail traffic are compared taking into account the proportion of the population exposed to various levels who are seriously disturbed. Little work has been done on the response to railway noise. Sample comparisons of road and rail noise are made over their operational speeds. It is shown that a major transfer of freight from road to rail could significantly improve the noise climate, particularly in urban areas where many people live close to the roadside. However the council concludes that the wholesale transfer of freight from road to rail is not practicable and suggests methods that would enable more active measures to be taken to reduce the present level of traffic noise. (TRRL)

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    Her Majesty's Stationery Office

    Atlantic Ho, Holborn Viaduct
    London EC1P 1BN,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302379
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-11-751365-2
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1980 12:00AM