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S5W-10363: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions Transport Scotland has had with (a) Network Rail, b) ScotRail and (c) freight companies regarding noise and vibration pollution caused by freight vehicles on the rail network, and whether it has discussed with the UK Government changing the regulations that cover such pollution.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 15 August 2017

Scottish Government attend the UK Noise Policy Working Group which is chaired by Rail Safety And Standards Board (RSSB). Membership is made up from UK and Welsh Governments, DeFRA, Transport for London, Network Rail, representatives of Freight and Passenger operators and consultant acousticians. We also meet regularly with Network Rail and ScotRail to discuss a range of sustainability issues including environmental noise.

The Scottish Ministers' High Level Output Specification for Control Period 6
(2019-2024) published in July 2017 also states "With the aim of monitoring and reducing the overall environmental impact of rail, the Scottish Ministers require the rail industry to report and build on the existing measures for the overall reduction in environmental impact".