CER position on the T&E input to the ERA WP TSI Noise

CER position on the T&E input to the ERA WP TSI Noise

Monday, 20 February 2012

CER welcomes T&E’s paper on rail noise standards “Revision of EU rail noise standards (TSI) - Input to the ERA Working Party TSI Noise” as a positive contribution to the ERA Working Group on the revision of the Noise TSI.

However, some of the requests put forward by T&E are not suitable for TSI regulations as they go beyond their scope which deal with interoperability and provide specifications for rolling stock when placed on the market. Some issues mentioned by T&E, such as the exposure of people to traffic noise, and operating restrictions in noise sensitive areas, are currently dealt with local/national measures according to the EU subsidiarity principle. CER believes that such restrictions shall not be a source of discrimination and shall take into account the risk of modal transfer from rail to road which is already the major source of source of noise encountered by citizens.
 
This is in line with the EU policy on noise reduction where the EU is mostly responsible for noise creation aspects, while member states may additionally enact specific legislation for noise reception.
 
CER has long supported noise control measures and shares T&E’s view that progress is needed in the next years to further tackle the effect of rail noise on the environment. The rail sector has taken several actions in noise control in the past years and is now looking, as the immediate challenges, at the completion of the homologation of the LL-brake block, at suitable incentive schemes as well as at appropriate funding for these without harming the rail sector as a whole.