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NEW DTp RAILWAY REGULATIONS ALLOW FOR NOISIER TRAINS

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The Department of Transport's draft regulations, published today, will allow more noisier trains to run through bui...
The Department of Transport's draft regulations, published today, will allow more noisier trains to run through built-up areas than recommended by a government committee, reports The Guardian (p3).

The Mitchell Committee in 1991 recommended an average of 66dBA (decibels) over a 24-hour period and 61dBA at night.

The regulations include the £2 billion Channel Tunnel rail link between London and Folkestone and the £300 million Heathrow Express. Different standards for night and day are expected to be used to determine householders' eligibility for insulation grants, says the paper.
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