Studies and Reports

UIP Report "Noise - State of play"

Noise continues to be high on the European agenda where noise creation aspects are legislated and on the national one where noise reception is dealt with according to the subsidiary principles. Accordingly, all European countries have noise reception limit values for new railway lines and in almost all Member States limit values exist also for upgraded lines.

Initial considerations towards noise in rail transport were taken through the Interoperability Directive (EU) 2016/797 and the Noise Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI NOISE). In addition, the Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC (END) requires Member States to submit noise maps and action plans to assess the number of people exposed to different noise emission levels throughout Europe. However, the END does not define any noise limit values nor does it prescribe the measures to be taken in these action plans. Consequently, different pathways are being pursued at both European and national levels.


ERRAC - RAIL 2030 - Research and Innovation Priorities

In December 2017, ERRAC published the “Rail 2050 Vision” setting out a progressive view of what a fully technically transformed railway could look like, and the much wider role it could play in meeting the needs of European citizens and business. To make this vision a reality and set down the foundations of the solutions which will address the highlighted global trends, the sector proposes this Rail 2030 – Research and innovation priorities brochure. This document contains a set of time focused concrete plans based on the identification of the right questions to answer in a ten-year time period (2020-2030) and set meaningful and influential milestones in a logical, coherent chain.

UIP Application Guide on CEF call for rail freight noise

Guidelines developed by UIP Staff

This UIP Guidelines should facilitate the submission of project proposals for EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for 2014-2020. The guidelines have been prepared in a Q&A Format to guide members and individual Keepers through the application process. It focuses on project proposals for reducing rail freight noise, including by retrofitting existing rolling stock.

On 8th January 2019 a new CEF call opened among other priorities, one with an indicative funding of €35 million for reducing rail freight noise, including by retrofitting of existing rolling stock (submission deadline is: 24 April 2019, 17h00 Brussels time)Under the specific objective Actions to be selected under this priority shall concern works to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting existing freight wagons with composite brake blocks, and where necessary due to extreme weather conditions with disc brakes, in line with Article 13(c) of Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013.
For the first time, the CEF contribution will take the form of unit contribution which simplifies the application process and ensures certainty and transparency in the funding levels. In addition, it simplifies the reporting requirements as no certification or financial statement needs to be provided by the beneficiaries. Furthermore, no Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is needed.