Crossrail is a major project that will link railways either side of London and complement the existing London Underground services. It is currently the largest rail project in Europe.
RPS supported the project from route selection and continued with extensive baseline noise surveys, noise and vibration assessments and the provision of input to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). We supported the Crossrail Bill through the Parliamentary process, where noise and vibration effects were key issues. The Crossrail Bill gained Royal Assent in 2008. RPS continued to provide noise and vibration guidance for the detailed design and construction stages.
Following the noise assessments to support the selection of the preferred scheme, consultation was carried out with each Local Authority to select key sensitive receptors, where baseline noise surveys were to be carried out. The resulting extensive schedule of noise surveys eventually resulted in some 300 separate measurements being carried out.