SILENCE was a research project which aims at developing techniques to improve the management of noise. It tackled the problem of noise created by transport in urban areas.
The project was funded by the European Commission's FP6-SUSTDEV-3 - Global Change and Ecosystems programme. It ran from February 2005 to May 2008.
The policy recommendations from the SILENCE project have been presented in 'Practitioner Handbook for Local Noise Action Plans' (available here). The handbook is targeted to the three main groups concerned with noise issues at local level:
- Local decision makers
- Transport planners and urban planners
- Transport Engineers
Decision makers will find basic information about the requirements of noise action plans, the approach towards the action planning process and possible noise abatement measures. For planners, more detailed information is provided on how to organise the planning process, on advantages and problems of abatement measures and their links to other policy fields, as well as on long-term strategies to mitigate noise. Engineers will find comprehensive technical information about the presented measures, and references to relevant technical SILENCE reports containing in-depth information.