Rail Baltica: Implementing noise reduction measures across three states
Kaspars Briškens, Head of Strategy and Development at the Rail Baltica joint venture, RB Rail AS, explains why a comprehensive approach to noise and vibration reduction is included in the Rail Baltica infrastructure project and how this contributes to the overall goal of achieving zero environmental impact once the rail network is operational.
The European Union’s (EU) 2050 strategic vision highlights rail as a cornerstone of its carbon neutrality and low-emission mobility ambition. As the most important cross-border railway infrastructure development in North East Europe, Rail Baltica has set the ambitious goal of achieving zero environmental impact during the operation and maintenance phase and, as early as 2018, has taken significant steps towards turning this vision into a comprehensive programme.
Taking advantage of the greenfield opportunity and ability to design for the whole lifecycle, this programme aims to extend beyond greenhouse gas emissions, tackling all types of impacts on the environment caused by railway infrastructure, including those on human health.
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