High Speed Trains: Noise

Transport written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the peak decibel level of noise generated by a high speed train travelling over a 30 feet high viaduct in open countryside at a distance of (a) half a mile, (b) one mile and (c) 1.5 miles.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

A full and detailed assessment of the impacts and likely significant noise effects due to the operation of HS2 Phase One, including all viaducts, is being completed and will be reported in the Environmental Statement that will accompany the Bill when it is deposited with Parliament towards the end of this year. As a minimum all viaducts will include barriers installed close to the track with a height of 1.4m above rail.

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