ERCD Report 0304: Stansted Airport: A Study of Aircraft Noise Insulation Boundaries

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Reference:ERCD Report 0304
Title:Stansted Airport: A Study of Aircraft Noise Insulation Boundaries
Description:The first Stansted noise insulation programme came into effect on 1 June 1991. The boundary, which had been drawn up by a working group including representatives from Stansted Airport Limited (STAL), the Department for Transport (DfT) and other organisations, was based on a forecast noise climate and traffic forecasts of the number and types of aircraft likely to be operating when the airport reached 78,000 passenger air transport movements (PATMs); equivalent to 8 million passengers per annum (mppa).

STAL undertook a commitment to review the programme when the actual noise climate associated with Stansted operating at 8 mppa was known, and to introduce a further programme related to any increase in the PATM approved by Parliament.

Passenger throughput at Stansted reached 8 mppa in the summer of 1999 and in July 1999 Parliament approved a new PATM limit of 185,000 per annum (equivalent to 15 mppa).

This report describes specific tasks that required inputs from ERCD. These were to establish the actual noise climate for Stansted operating at 8 mppa and to compare this with the original scheme, to consider the criteria on which a new scheme should be based and to generate noise exposure maps, based on forecasts of aircraft movements and operations, when traffic reaches 185,000 PATMs or 15 mppa.

Review Comment:None
Date:July 2003
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