An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Replacing Slab Track to Control Groundborne Noise and Vibration in Buildings above an Existing Railway Tunnel

  • O. G. BewesEmail author
  • L. J. Jakielaszek
  • M. L. Richardson
Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design book series (NNFM, volume 126)


This paper describes track refurbishment works undertaken by the Network Rail Thameslink Programme to control groundborne noise and vibration transmission to sensitive buildings located above the existing King’s Cross railway tunnel in London, England. Measurements of noise, vibration and rail roughness have been undertaken to assess the immediate benefit of replacing the existing corrugated rails and continuous rail supports with new rails and the Pandrol Vanguard baseplate system. The effectiveness of these works over a period of 18 months has also been assessed.


Network Rail Sound Level Meter Railway Tunnel Roughness Level Corrugate Rail 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. G. Bewes
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. J. Jakielaszek
    • 1
  • M. L. Richardson
    • 2
  1. 1.ArupSolihullEngland
  2. 2.ARM AcousticsLondonEngland

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