Maps of silent sections in the European Union


European Union Agency of Railways has published on its website the lists and maps of silent sections of railway routes as provided by the Member States. After the amendement of the NOISE TSI freight trains with wagons equipped with cast-iron brake blocks cannot operate on silent sections. The regulation intends to lower the noise level of passing trains. Certain types of rolling stock operating in Poland has been exempted from this regulation until 2036.

The Regulation 2019/774 has amended the Technical Specification of Interoperability with regard to noise (TSI NOI), introducing so-called silent sections. Those are parts of railway infrastructure of at least 20-km-length, where the average number of freight trains passing by daily at nighttime in the years 2015-2017 exceeded the level of 12. Since 8 December 2024 freight wagons operated on silent sections are to fulfil the TSI NOI requirements, ie. practically should be equipped with composit brake blocks instead of cast-iron ones.
In Poland silent sections appear on fragments of railway line nos. 3, 8, 93, 272 and 273. The lists and maps of silent sections have been provided by Austria, the Netherlands, Czechia and Slovakia. However a significant number of Member States have not provided their silent section lists, as required by the TSI NOI. What is of importance to Polish carriers, such list hasn't been provided by Germany either.
The motion to amend TSI NOI was adopted by EU Member States during the meeting of the Railway Interoperability and Safety Committee in January of 2019. Activities in order to have it amended had been undertaken since 2016. From the beginning they were of utmost interest to the Polish railway market representatives due to potentially high costs of necessary adjustment of the rolling stock.
Poland has been able to negotiate a so-called "special case", what has enabled further operation of rolling stock with cast-iron brake blocks, as such stock forms a significant part of the Polish rolling stock fleet. These wagons may be operated in internal transfers independently from the railway line status until the end of 2036. Until the end of 2026 they may also - without restrictions - be operated within Czech and Slovak railway systems.


Member State

List of silent sections



CZ List

CZ Map


FR List

FR Map


IT List

IT Map


HU List

not provided


NL List

NL Map


AT List

AT Map


PL List

PL Map



not provided


SI List

not provided


SK List

SK Map

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