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'More people annoyed by aircraft noise'

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The Department for Transport has published a study which shows there is growing concern over aircraft noise.

The report, Attitudes to noise from aviation sources inEngland, also finds:

  • People make no identifiable threshold at which noise becomes a serious problem

  • Relatively low levels of noise can cause some annoyance, which rises as the noise increase

Aviation minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: “The government accepts that noise from aircraft is a growing concern and will take into account those people affected by aircraft noise when considering the costs and benefits of future projects”.

However, Mr Fitzpatrick said that the government would continue to apply the existing valuation of road and rail noise when assessing the economic impact of noise in the cost-benefit analysis of future aviation projects.

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