NOISE NUISANCE CAUSED BY ROAD TRAFFIC IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS: PART 1

As part of a social survey dealing with the effects of road traffic noise, 1359 persons resident at 24 sites in greater London were interviewed, noise levels were measured at the dwelling facades and the volume and composition of road traffic counted at each site. The sample of buildings included two-storey and high-rise housing on roads from 6 to 24 metres wide with freely flowing traffic at flows ranging from 250 to 5000 vehicles per hour. Over the range of noise levels from 60 to 80 db(a) l10, nuisance was found to be highly correlated with noise level measured as l10 over 24, 18 or 12 hours, as leq over 24 hours, or as traffic volume as log vehicle flow. While the results are in close agreement with those of a previous study, they indicate that no advantages accrue from the use of complex indices of noise nuisance. A considerable part of the residual variance was shown to be accounted for by environmental conditions other than noise and by individual differences in noise sensitivity.(a) for part 2 see IRRD abstract 221640. /TRRL/

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  • Authors:
    • LANGDON, F J
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

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  • Accession Number: 00142432
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1977 12:00AM