Train horns

MQT on 2007-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2007
Question By: 
Brian Coleman
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


There is an ongoing problem with people who stand on footbridges such as Lovers Walk in my constituency and then wave or signal to the drivers of Northern Line Trains encouraging them to respond with their horns.

What has the Mayor done to deal with the continuing problem of the inappropriate use of loud, high-pitched train horns on the Northern Line, which are making the lives of many of my constituents a misery?


Answer for Train horns

Answer for Train horns

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground sets clear standards for the use of train whistles across the network for safety critical purposes.

Whistles are designed amongst other things to be sounded to alert anyone who may be on the track or in a tunnel to warn of an oncoming train. Existing regulations do not permit train operators to sound their whistles at whistle boards between the hours of 1900 and 0700, and limit the sounding of whistles on all other areas of the network between 2300 and 0700.

London Underground has taken measures on key sites across the Northern line, such as Lovers Walk, to minimise unnecessary noise. Measures include training train operators to ensure that regulations are met.