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Noise: Railways and Roads

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 125025, tabled on 18 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made with the BSI to develop a standard for the calculation of road and railway noise.

Answered on

28 February 2022

The BSi Committee for Transportation Noise, which meets approximately every six months, has been working on developing a standard for the calculation of road and rail noise since 2017.

To achieve this aim, the committee set up a scoping panel which reported to the committee throughout the period 2017-2020. This was followed by a joint workshop with the Institute of Acoustics (IOA). Members of the scoping panel ran a dedicated session at the annual IOA conference in October 2020 and outputs were reported in an IOA Acoustics publication.

Defra is a member of both the BSi Committee for Transportation Noise and the scoping panel and continues to work collaboratively with other members as the Standard moves towards drafting stage.