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News from Jennette Arnold OBE: Calls For Mayor to Act on Tube Noise

06 November 2019

Jennette Arnold OBE AM has written to the Mayor of London calling on him to intervene on the issue of excessive tube noise continuing to disrupt the lives of Islington residents.

 

In her letter, Ms Arnold highlights that Transport for London’s (TfL) own recordings reveal that trains running between Highbury and Islington and Kings Cross stations on the Victoria Line generate noise levels in excess of 50 decibels. She observes that this is well above the 30-decibel threshold set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to provide reasonable conditions for a good night’s sleep.

 

Ms Arnold also underlines that after meeting with the Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, on this issue, TfL made a commitment to carry out grinding work across the whole track between Islington and Kings Cross stations.

 

However, according to the latest reports, TfL, have only completed works on 400m of track in one direction on the line.

 

As a next step, Ms Arnold has asked the Mayor if he will intervene to take control of the situation and hold TfL to account over the matter.

 

Local London Assembly, Jennette Arnold OBE AM, said:

 

“For too long, a number of my constituents have been subject to hugely disruptive tube noise generated by Victoria Line services between Highbury and Islington and Kings Cross stations.

 

“I have brought this urgent issue to the attention to TfL on several occasions, as well as meeting with the Deputy Mayor for Transport to find a way forward.

 

“Unfortunately, it has now emerged that TfL’s plan of action is progressing at a glacial pace. This clearly isn’t good enough, so I have written to the Mayor to intervene and take control of the situation”.

 

ENDS

Notes to editors

  • World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines recommend less than 30 A-weighted decibels in bedrooms during the night for a sleep of good quality;

 

  • Jennette Arnold OBE AM is the London Assembly Member for North East (covering Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest).

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