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Environment Protection Authority

Rail infrastructure noise guideline

The purpose of the Rail infrastructure noise guideline is to streamline approval processes for rail infrastructure projects while ensuring that potential noise and vibration impacts are assessed in a consistent way and minimised as far as possible.

The guideline specifies noise and vibration trigger levels for heavy and light rail infrastructure projects, rail traffic-generating developments and non-network rail lines. If these noise levels are likely to be exceeded when the rail project is operational, the proponent must consider ‘feasible’ and ‘reasonable’ noise mitigation to reduce the noise impacts towards the trigger levels.

The guideline reflects advice received from transport, planning, infrastructure construction, rail agencies, acousticians and the broader community during the consultation period on the draft guideline in early 2012. The guideline has been endorsed by the EPA Board.

This guideline replaces the Interim guideline for the assessment of noise from rail infrastructure projects (EPA, 2007). The Rail infrastructure noise guideline takes effect from the date of publication.

For a summary of the differences between these guidelines, see the Key changes.

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Page last updated: 20 June 2013