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Deutsche Bahn Marks 'Noise Abatement Day' with Impressive Progress Report

Deutsche Bahn Marks 'Noise Abatement Day' with Impressive Progress Report
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27 / 04 / 2023

On the occasion of "Noise Abatement Day", Deutsche Bahn takes stock: last year, together with the federal government, it noise-abated 92 kilometres of railway lines and thus relieved around 41,500 residents along the railway lines from noise. In total, around 664,500 residents are now benefiting from the federal government's voluntary noise remediation programme, which can be used to finance noise protection measures along existing railway lines.

Andreas Gehlhaar, DB Noise Abatement Officer: "A successful mobility turnaround requires the green transformation of Deutsche Bahn and massive investments in our infrastructure. In doing so, we are dependent on the acceptance of the residents who live along our routes. That's why we are consistently pushing ahead with noise protection. Together with the federal government, we are making sure that it will be even quieter for even more residents.

Michael Theurer, Federal Government Commissioner for Rail Transport: "To achieve our climate protection goals in transport, we urgently need to expand and extend the rail network. However, this must not make us forget that there are also citizens in our country who are critical of these plans. They are concerned about the noise that any further increase in rail traffic will cause them. One can and must have an understanding of this. If we want to successfully implement our ambitious plans, we must therefore ensure the necessary acceptance right from the start. To this end, we are carrying out noise abatement work on the affected routes and at the same time permanently improving the rolling stock. In 2022 alone, 115 million euros of federal funding could significantly improve the situation for 41,500 people."

Noise protection in the Middle Rhine Valley

In the Middle Rhine Valley, which is particularly affected by rail traffic noise, DB started building noise barriers in 20 communities at the beginning of this year. A total of around 27 kilometres of noise barriers are being built to provide lasting relief from rail traffic noise for the citizens of the Middle Rhine Valley. This will make things noticeably quieter for around 22,000 people. A total of more than 130 million euros will be invested, mainly from federal funds.

Noise protection target 2030

The joint goal of the federal government and DB is to halve the number of people living near railway lines in Germany who are affected by rail traffic noise by 2030 through appropriate noise protection. To achieve this ambitious goal, DB continues to rely on two proven pillars and mitigates noise both on-site and directly at the source.

Noise protection directly on site is primarily provided by noise barriers along the route. Since 1999, around 2,200 kilometres of railway lines have been noise-reduced through the federal government's voluntary noise abatement programme. Around 1.8 billion euros have been invested in this. The money was also used to equip tens of thousands of homes with passive noise protection such as special windows.

After DB Cargo's entire active freight wagon fleet in Germany has been running on "silent soles" since the end of 2020, the braking systems of DB Cargo's electric mainline locomotives will be modernised by 2025. The company will also phase out all class 232/233 diesel locomotives by 2030. And DB Fernverkehr will replace all diesel-powered shunting locomotives with quiet and climate-friendly hybrid models by 2025.

Source: Deutsche Bahn