Tube dust – do you know what you’re breathing in?

26 June 2019

Tube dust [1] has been of concern for some time due to the health risks [2] it poses for both passengers and workers.


Tomorrow, the London Assembly Environment Committee will examine the level of Tube dust on the London Underground and the impact it is having on public health.  It will discuss:

  • the content of tunnel and other dust on the London Underground.
  • the evidence of health risks posed by Tube dust.
  • the potential health risks both from an occupational and public health perspective.

The guests are:


  • Peter McNaught, Director of Asset Operations, TfL
  • Dr Rikard Moen, Head of Occupational Health, TfL
  • Dr Jenny Mindell, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London
  • Cat Cray, RMT Stations Health and Safety Council Member.


The meeting will take place on Thursday, 27th at 10.00am in Committee Room 5, at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).


Media and members of the public are invited to attend


The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via the webcast and on our YouTube channel. Follow us @LondonAssembly and tweet about the using #AssemblyEnvironment & #TubeDust

Notes to editors

Notes for Editors:

  1. The accumulation of dust in the sub-surface section of the Underground is commonly referred to as tunnel or tube dust.
  2. Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) published a report on particulate matter in the Underground.  
  3. Caroline Russel AM, Chair of the Environment Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.
  4. Full agenda here.
  5. The Environment Committee looks at what additional measures could be taken to help improve the quality of life for Londoners and investigates topics ranging from airport expansion and burst water mains, to noise from the Night Tube and the environmental impacts of plastic water bottles.
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and balance on the Mayor.



For media enquiries, please contact Aoife Nolan on 020 7983 4067.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.


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