Positions 03 Jun 2015

Track maintenance for noise control by means of acoustic grinding

The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) welcomes the idea that track noise should be controlled in order to improve the overall noise performance of the railway system. Preventive or corrective rail grinding shows that a maintenance strategy based on economic reasoning leads to significant positive environmental effects. A parallel and additional acoustic maintenance regime, which would significantly increase maintenance costs and bring few further noise reductions only, is not appropriate.