The most recent Noise Action Plan was finalised in October 2018. It covers the period up to the end of 2023.
Noise Action Planning
The Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) aims to put in place a European wide system for identifying sources of environmental noise, informing the public about relevant noise data and taking the necessary steps to avoid, prevent or reduce noise exposure.
The Directive was transposed into Irish Law by Statutory Instrument 140 of 2006, known as the Environmental Noise Regulations. This Noise Action Plan has been prepared in accordance with those regulations and is aimed at strategic long term management of environmental noise from transport systems i.e. traffic noise, in both Limerick city and county.
Under the regulations, Strategic Noise Maps and Noise Action Plans were required to be prepared in respect of noise from the following sources:
- Sections of rail route above a flow threshold of 30,000 train passages per year.
- Major airports with more than 50,000 movements per year -a movement being a take off or landing.
- Sections of major roads with a flow threshold of 3 million vehicles per annum.
- Agglomerations with more than 100,000 inhabitants.
As no airports or rail routes in Limerick City and County Council’s functional area were above the threshold and as the agglomeration of Limerick has less than 100,000 inhabitants, only noise from major roads is considered in this plan.
Transport Infrasturcture Ireland (TII) as the Noise Mapping Body for national roads, prepared Strategic Noise Maps for all relevant motorways and national routes. TII also produced Strategic Noise Maps for non national roads with more than 3 million vehicles per year on behalf of Limerick City and County Council.
Based on these maps, population exposure to various noise bands has been estimated and a number of noise “hot spots” identified in addition to those identified under the Noise Action Plan for 2013. These areas will be subject to further assessment to confirm noise levels.
Potential noise mitigation measures are identified in the plan along with proposed roads projects which are likely to have a beneficial impact on the noise environment. The plan also outlines policy measures which it is proposed to introduce to prevent additional members of the community being exposed to excessive road noise and to protect “quiet areas” which are of amenity value.
This Action Plan gives an overview of the main requirements of the Environmental Noise Regulations and the authorities responsible. The methods used in production of strategic noise maps are outlined and summary results are presented. Several proposals are made to limit population exposure to environmental noise pollution and a five year implementation programme is outlined.
Please Note: This action plan relates only to road traffic noise from major roads and does not relate to other noise sources such as industrial noise, neighbourhood noise etc.
The final version of the Noise Action Plan 2018-2023 can be found in the supporting documents below.