The Good Neighbor
Etihad Rail recognises the importance of being a good neighbour and is committed to ensuring the noise from the trains is kept to a minimum .
With no road crossings, the train horn will not sound except in the case of an emergency. In addition, the tracks utilise a modern technology that does not have joints, which significantly reduces noise disruption when trains pass. Sound levels emitted by Etihad Rail’s trains are minor, with the decibel (db) range for trains operating with three locomotives and 110 wagons not exceeding 80 db in any circumstance – the equivalent level of an alarm clock at a distance of two feet, or a vacuum cleaner.
Etihad Rail has considered and addressed various important factors in the construction and operation of the railway – including environmental, authoritative and public factors – to ensure the highest quality of facilities and to maintain the smooth flow of traffic as well as wildlife.
For Stage One alone, Etihad Rail constructed 20 over-bridges, two under-bridges and 10 road underpasses, as well as 18 smaller underpasses for future use.
Etihad Rail has built three types of animal crossings: 10 camel underpasses, 22 gazelle underpasses and 78 reptile underpasses in order to minimise disruption of natural habitats. Crossings, including railway bridges, highway bridges and underpasses, are featured continuously along the rail route at a minimum of every six to seven kilometres.
Etihad Rail is continuing to explore the need for further structures, and is committed to building more as required to ensure minimal environmental impact.
Etihad Rail is aware of the implications the rail network may have on native wildlife and vegetation.
The company is working in close coordination with both the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, taking extra precautions to preserve the UAE’s natural environment and heritage.
Several crossing points are being built for camels, gazelles and reptiles, and Etihad Rail is undertaking measures such as close monitoring of wildlife to ensure any interference is minimised. Etihad Rail is also avoiding wildlife nesting sites, particularly in the case of rare or threatened species, throughout the construction of the railway, and ensuring that any vegetation in the path of railway routes is re-planted elsewhere.
While trains are one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport
Etihad Rail has taken even further action to minimise environmental impact, implementing the stringent standards employed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency with regards to engine emission levels. Under these measures, Etihad Rail has ensured that its engines meet Tier 3 engine emission levels, which minimises environmental impact by monitoring and lowering exhaust emissions produced by locomotives and controlling nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and carbon monoxide levels.