Route 31 buses

MQT on 2015-12-16
Session date: 
December 16, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent has raised with me the  issue  of noise from route 31 buses. While some  of the buses have been fixed many  noisy ones continue to scream up and down Adelaide Road emitting  a high distressing whine and high pitched, excessive noise 2-3 times an hour especially  at the weekend.  I understand that operator Tower Transit are being offered a contract extension to 2018 by TfL.  Before any such extension is granted, will you ensure that  the buses on this route are properly maintained and repaired and drivers properly trained, to stop this noise pollution nuisance disturbing residents on the route?


Answer for Route 31 buses

Answer for Route 31 buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The operator, Tower Transit, has already identified this issue and put in place a solution to reduce noise from the affected vehicles. This entails replacing controls for hydraulic fans or checking, and if necessary replacing, the solenoid control for fan pumps.

Work is already taking place and expected to finish in early 2016. The vehicles continue to be safe to operate and comply with drive-by noise tests and are certified for use in the UK.

There are a range of safeguards that already exist to ensure all buses in the fleet are in a good state of repair including daily walk-round checks, operator vehicle maintenance every four to six weeks, independent inspection of more than 2,000 vehicles a year as part of Engineering Quality Monitoring and the annual MOT.