Reducing rail freight noise: what should we do?

Reducing rail freight noise: what should we do?

Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union, rue Belliard 60-62, 1040 Brussels

You can now downlaoad the Reducing Rail Noise Fact Sheet here. For photos of this event, visit our picture gallery here.

Event background:

The rail freight business has been suffering for years. Ageing rolling stock and huge competitive pressure from other modes of transport have created very difficult conditions for rail freight operators.

Under these already challenging circumstances, the additional problem of railway noise becomes all the more tricky to solve.

Several national initiatives have been announced recently to curb rail noise. These range from increasing track access charges for noisy trains, to imposing a total ban of such trains, to funding or co-funding the retrofitting of rolling stock. There are also existing EU-led initiatives in favour of noise retrofitting, but these alone are not enough.

The fact is that the cost for retrofitting the entire EU fleet would amount to between 0.7 and 1 billion euros – a sum that, given the current profit margins of rail freight operators, is impossible for the sector to finance itself. So, what should we do?

On Wednesday 3 May 2017 starting at 16:30, CER organised an event which explored solutions to support the reduction of rail freight noise

Participants in this conference focussed both on the noise-related regulatory framework (especially Noise TSIs) as well as on financing possibilities for noise mitigation.