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Reducing transport noise in cities: Final CityHush event

11 December 2012 Stockholm, Sweden

On Tuesday 11 December, CityHush is organizing its final expert seminar in Stockholm. Now that the project is coming to an end, it will share final results on research and recommendations regarding quiet zones, noise score rating models, low-noise vehicles, low-noise road surfaces, and noise barriers. On Monday, 10 December, the Hosanna project will present its toolbox for the reduction of road and rail traffic noise in outdoor environments.

The seminar in the morning targets urban transport noise experts from the industry, research and public sector. The workshop in the afternoon particularly addresses local authorities, to train them on how the CityHush tools can support them in developing and implementing their local transport noise abatement strategies.

The event thus consists of two parts:

  • 11 December, 9-13.00h: CityHush seminar:
    The seminar targets urban transport noise experts from the industry, research and public sector.
  • 11 December, 14-16.00h: CityHush training workshop for local authorities
    In the training, representatives from local authorities can learn how to make use of the tools developed by CityHush. The session will be practical and allows only a limited group of participants

Attendance at the seminar and the training are free of charge, but registration is required.

The European CityHush project supports city administrations with the development and implementation of noise action plans according to the directive EC 2002/49. Noise action plans made with existing technology suffer from major shortcomings: there is a poor correlation between hot spots and annoyance and complaints, most measures lead to increased emissions, and only indoor noise comfort is addressed. In order to reduce noise in city environments, CityHush developed suitable problem identification and evaluation tools and designed noise reduction solutions for hot spots that show a high correlation with annoyance and complaints.

More information: http://www.cityhush.eu/

Hosanna project workshop on 10 December

The day before the CityHush workshop, on 10 December, the European project HOSANNA will also hold a dissemination event in Stockholm. The workshop will summarise the main findings of the HOSANNA project, whose aim was to develop a toolbox for the reduction of road and rail traffic noise in outdoor environments, by optimal use of vegetation and other natural materials in combination with artificial elements.

The project studies a number of abatement strategies that may achieve cost effective improvements using new barrier designs, planting of trees, shrubs or bushes, ground and road surface treatments and greening of building facades and roofs. The noise reduction is assessed in terms of sound level reductions, perceptual effects and cost-benefit analyses.

Please see the agenda and more information on the right hand side. For further information about the workshop and the project, please visit: http://www.greener-cities.eu/

Registration closed on 6 December 2012.