To ensure residents living near rail lines have more peace and quiet, we cut rail noise by half by the end of 2020. By 2030 we want to relief a total of more than 800,000 residents along our tracks from rail noise. To achieve this, we are erecting noise barriers on new and upgraded lines, for instance.
Whenever a train passes by, the walls absorb noise and shield nearby homes. Some of them take the form of ow-height noise barriers and other are gabions - mesh cages filled with stones.
With the help of the federal noise abatement program, we had already noise abatement on around 2,000 kilometers of our rail network by the end of 2020 build new noise barriers and fitted apartements with sound-insulating windows.
We aso deploy noise barriers around constructions sites. So that birds can breed undisturbed, for example, and residents can sleep peaceful.