Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spain without noise - is it possible?

Apparently Torrevieja is to be noise mapped. The process will take 3 months and cost 57,000 euros.

In 2002 the European Union established the requirement for noise levels of all major roads, industry, airports and rail traffic in areas where the population was over 250,000 to be mapped. This was to be followed up by similar surveys in smaller areas -the whole process to be completed by 2012.

The follow up are action plans to reduce the effects of excessive noise by erecting sound barriers or acoustic fences. It is recognised that in areas where there are high rise flats alongside, for example,  busy roads, the problems will be more difficult to resolve.

The sound maps that have already been produced can be viewed at

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