Planning and Controlling Railway Noise in a Metropolis: Our Practical Experience
Hong Kong is a metropolis and railway is the key transportation mode in Hong Kong with about 4 million trips made in an average weekday. Currently the railway network in Hong Kong includes 211km of rail and 85 railway stations. In the coming decade, 56km of rail will be added to the railway network. Planning and controlling railway noise in Hong Kong is a great challenge to both the railway operator and the planning / enforcement authorities.
The paper will give an account from planning perspective how the railway noise problems in Hong Kong are prevented and also from the enforcement perspective how the noise problem from existing railway lines are tackled. Details regarding noise standards, abatement programme and the noise mitigation measures adopted for recently planned/completed railway systems will also be discussed.
KeywordsEnvironmental Impact Assessment Railway Line Railway Network Railway System Technical Memorandum
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