Railway noise abatement: Rail sector welcomes commission initiative

No legal requirements necessary, but financial schemes for retro-fitting

The European rail sector welcomes the fact that the European Commission is taking up the topic of retrofitting existing rail freight wagons in order to reduce noise emission. In their joint contribution to a Commission consultation which closed yesterday, the rail transport associations CER, EIM, ERFA, UIC, UIP and UIRR requested that noise abatement measures must not jeopardise the sector’s competitiveness and the railways’ role in a sustainable transport system.