Dublin's Noise Action Plan

Dublin City Noise Map.
Dublin City Council, 2012.

The four local authorities within Dublin - Dublin City Council, Fingal, Dun Laoire Rathdown and South Dublin County Councils - have produced Maps of noise from major Industry and transport. The Environmental Noise Regulations 2006 instructed the creation of these maps after an EU Green Paper on ‘Future Noise Policy’, which highlighted the need for a high level of health and environmental protection against noise.

Noise mapping is the measurement of noise levels at a number of receiver\receptor points. These values are then used to draw colour contour noise maps. Dublin City Council produced noise maps in July 2004 and again in November 2007. The revised Noise Maps released in 2012 show colour coded areas in Dublin based on noise levels in up to 10 bands, ranging from a low of 40 dB(A) to a high of  85 dB(A). An example of one of the maps is illustrated on the right, while the full 2012 Noise Map report, statistics and associated images can be accessed here.

In accordance with the directive, the different sources of noise include:

  • All Roads
  • Major Roads
  • All Railways
  • Major Railways

*The ‘Luas’ rail is included in All Railway and Major Railway categories.

 

Findings

Findings of the 2012 report include:

  • Just over 53% of the population are exposed to sound levels from traffic sources below a day time level of 55 dB(A);
  • Just over 69% of the population are being exposed to night time levels below 50dB(A);
  • Approximately 24% of the population are being exposed to undesirable night time sound levels of greater than 55dB(A) and just under 5% are being exposed to day time sound levels above 70dB(A).

Another conclusion drawn from the report is that the main challenges within Dublin are to reduce the number of people being exposed to undesirable sound levels during the night. Further details on noise maps and action plans can be found on Dublin City Council's website.

The Dublin Agglomeration Environmental Noise Action Plan is available here.


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