The possibility of a new high speed rail link from the, now defunct, Channel Tunnel to the centre of London highlighted the need for new guidelines to be used when assessing the environmental effects of railway noise. Initially, only the question of compensation for noise was considered but, with acute pressure on building land in London, the need for a planning guideline becomes of equal or greater importance particularly in connection with the development of housing sites near existing railways. This paper describes the development of a railway noise standard equivalent to the current practice for road traffic. The social reaction to noise in France and Great Britain is shown to be equivalent by comparing road traffic noise social surveys. A French railway noise survey is then used to establish any difference between average community reaction to road or rail noise. Finally, American data is used to establish how the percentage population annoyed varies with noise level.

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 209-212

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  • Accession Number: 00152437
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute of Noise Control Engineering
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1977 12:00AM