Train in pain: are noise-filled carriages bad for your health?

We live amid an ever-increasing hail of noise – yet quiet carriages on trains are under threat. But is too much chit-chat bad for our health?

Seven years. That’s the minimum prison sentence that should apply to people on public transport who listen to music through their phone speakers (also known as “sodcasting”) – with two years for banal phone conversations that never end.For many, the news that South Western Railways is thinking of getting rid of quiet carriages will not be music to their ears (but, probably, in the end, will mean precisely that).Some people think quietness is overrated. They can focus come what may: screaming ...