EU policy on railway noise reduction

20-01-2016

Rail development is an important element of the EU's transport strategy. A significant increase in rail's share of freight and passenger transport can contribute to achieving the EU objective of a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 2050, in comparison with 1990. Considered a more energy-efficient and sustainable mode of transport, rail is nonetheless faced with a major environmental issue: noise pollution. Rail noise and its possible adverse effects on health are of concern to stakeholders and local communities in several European countries.

Rail development is an important element of the EU's transport strategy. A significant increase in rail's share of freight and passenger transport can contribute to achieving the EU objective of a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 2050, in comparison with 1990. Considered a more energy-efficient and sustainable mode of transport, rail is nonetheless faced with a major environmental issue: noise pollution. Rail noise and its possible adverse effects on health are of concern to stakeholders and local communities in several European countries.