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Planning and Controlling Railway Noise in a Metropolis: Our Practical Experience

  • Benson Lee
  • W. Chau
  • John Lam
  • Maurice Yeung
Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design book series (NNFM, volume 118)

Summary

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.

Keywords

Environmental Impact Assessment Railway Line Railway Network Railway System Technical Memorandum 
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References

  1. 1.
    Technical Memorandum on Environmental Impact Assessment Process, Environmental Protection Department, Hong KongGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Hong Kong Government Railway Development Strategy 2000, Transport Bureau, Hong Kong (2000)Google Scholar
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    Hong Kong Planning Standards & Guidelines, Chapter 9 – Environment, Environmental Protection Department and Planning Department, Hong Kong Google Scholar
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    Technical Memorandum for the Assessment of Noise from Places other than Domestic Premises, Public Places or Construction Sites, Environmental Protection Department, Hong KongGoogle Scholar
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    Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Annual Report (2002)Google Scholar
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    Environmental Impact Assessment of Hong Kong Section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, Environmental Impact Assessment ReportGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Benson Lee
    • 1
  • W. Chau
    • 1
  • John Lam
    • 1
  • Maurice Yeung
    • 1
  1. 1.Assessment and Noise Group, Environmental Protection DepartmentThe Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative RegionPeople’s Republic of China

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