Management of noise from parked and stationary trains

UIC Noise and Vibration Sector - Survey

Noise is a critical environmental aspect of the railways. UIC with its members seek solutions and best practice to manage rail operations in an environmentally responsible way.


The issue of noise from running trains in operational service has been well explored, and huge progress in noise reduction has been made over the years, as detailed in the UIC Noise and Vibration (NV) Sector’s latest report on Railway noise in Europe. However, an increasing number of complaints are now being received from lineside neighbours about other noise sources from trains, even when the trains are parked or stationary. Modern multiple units (EMU/DMU) are equipped with many different mechanical parts (compressors, HVAC, power converters, traction units, etc.), which have been causing noise disturbances for close-by residents. Consequently, work is under way to find solutions to reduce noise pollution from parked or stationary trains. UIC and its members are reacting to this emerging issue within the NV Sector.

UIC announced its collaboration with VibraTec to draft a technical report on managing noise from parked and stationary trains in Europe. For further information, please consult UIC eNews


The following definitions are used for the purpose of the survey only. They are not to be understood as definitions for a standard or a regulatory framework.”


UIC is pleased to announce that work on a new scope study for managing noise from stationary and parked trains has started, with the aim of publishing a technical report in autumn 2022. The new study aims to assist all stakeholders in meeting the challenges faced by the sector, by analysing and collating the information to be gathered from the relevant members. The final deliverable will be disseminated at the UIC Railway Noise Days in 2023.

The main scope of this survey is on noise from parked trains. Since this is an issue for both, infrastructure managers and operators, UIC would be pleased to have participants and separate answers from both.

Now, UIC invites interested participants to complete the survey which will take around 30 minutes to complete.

Survey for Infrastructure Managers and Operators

Deadline: 31/01/2021

Survey for Rolling Stock Manufacturers

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Deadline: 31/01/2021

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Monday 20 September 2021