New research into aircraft noise published

02/11/07

An independent study of public attitudes to aircraft noise was published on 2nd November by the Department for Transport.


The Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England (ANASE) study was conducted by consultants MVA and underwent an extensive peer review process by independent panels of leading academics and industry experts, including Stephen Turner, Director of Acoustics at Bureau Veritas.


Two key conclusions emerge from the study. First, that people are more annoyed by all levels of aircraft noise than they were in 1985, when the last major study in this field was reported.


Secondly, there is no identifiable threshold at which noise becomes a serious problem. Even relatively low levels of noise can cause some annoyance, which rises as the noise increases.


Stephen Turner was part of the non Stated-Preference review group which focused on findings regarding the responses to aircraft noise expressed primarily in terms of annoyance. Their report has been published along with the findings of the study and can be found on the DfT website at http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/environmentalissues/Anase along with a commentary from the Department's Chief Economist David Thompson.

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