9th Noise Workshop

UIC will hold the 9th Noise Workshop in Paris on 18 November 2014. This event will focus on recent and forthcoming initiatives at European level for the reduction of rail freight noise.

The programme will open by considering the European Commission’s Roadmap (http://ec.europa.eu/transport/media/consultations/doc/2013-railnoise/roadmap.pdf) for Effective Reduction of Noise Generated by Rail Freight Wagons in the European Union and proposals to re-fit the Environmental Noise Directive, with presentations by Piotr Rapacz (DG MOV) & Marco Paviotti (DG ENV). Responses and insights will be provided by representatives of the rail operating and wagon keeping communities, including Libor Lochman (CER). Opportunities will be provided for participants to pose questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders.

The second session will commence with insights to an evidence based approach for determining guidelines for noise exposure with a presentation by Marie-Eve Héroux of the World Health Organisation. This will be followed by a look at the overall environmental impact of transport in terms of external costs, presented by S Markovic-Chenais (UIC). A review of the current knowledge of railway noise control and a proposal for acoustic criteria for new LL blocks will be presented by Franck Poisson (SNCF) and Fabien Letourneaux (SNCF). This session will end by considering the scope for future research funded by the European Union within the Shift2Rail programme, presented by Simon Fletcher (UIC).

Finally the workshop will examine different perspectives from across Europe regarding Noise Differentiated Track Access Charging and retrofitting with low noise LL-blocks. This will include speakers from the German and Swiss Governments in addition to representatives from networks where NDTAC may not be implemented. The programme also includes perspectives from UIP and Becorit, operators and infrastructure managers.

There is no charge for attendance. To register your place and download the latest programme please visit:


For further information please contact Nick Craven: craven at uic.org

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