Noise Action Plans: sound of fury but nothing of significance

European Directive 2002/49 required member states to produce noise maps of their major agglomerations, key road and rail corridors and airports, and to formulate plans to deal with the worst locations. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) commissioned research leading to consultation on draft templates for its proposed Noise Action Plans (NAP). When full NAPs are in place, a major push to deal with transport-related ambient noise could be forthcoming. There is conflict of opinion regarding the usefulness of NAPs, with some noise experts doubting their chances of facilitating significant change. They felt the money spent on the NAPs would be better spent on the actual noise reduction measures. The Directive contains no limits or timescales, nor prescribed measures to be used in the action plans. The need for co-operation and co-ordination between the Department for Transport and the local highway authorities is significant. Other commentators believe there are some likely benefits such as a shift in emphasis from reducing noise levels from individual vehicles to achieving a reduction in general noise levels. Because Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are further on with their NAPs, it was felt England could learn from their experience and gain some insight into likely outcomes.


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  • Accession Number: 01144050
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  • Source Agency: TRL
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  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:23PM