Night Tube Service - Increased Noise

MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As you know, my residents living close to Jubilee Line tracks are concerned about the issue of increased noise from all night service. A recent TfL report has warned of

Increased noise disturbance from the proposed Night Tube could drive residents to threats of suicide. The risk assessment also found that the all night service could mean reduced quality of life. What is being done in terms of remedial measures and compensation to the affected residents?


Answer for Night Tube Service - Increased Noise

Answer for Night Tube Service - Increased Noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A risk register is designed to identify any possible risks, no matter how unlikely they are to occur, and help plan mitigations for them.

TfL has a regular track maintenance programme to keep assets in good condition and prevent increases in noise. Tube services already run for up to 20 hours each day, and engineering trains often operate overnight too. Given this, it is expected that there will be limited additional disturbance from night time services on Fridays and Saturdays running at lower frequency than during the day.

Nonetheless, prior to introducing Night Tube, TfL has supplemented its regular maintenance activity by working closely with residents and stakeholders across London to understand and address concerns about the new service. Where concerns have been raised, TfL has undertaken additional track renewal and rail grinding works to ensure that the tracks are in optimum condition. Some of these improvements are still underway.

Once the Night Tube service is operational, TfL will continue to work with residents to investigate and address any issues regarding noise, should they arise.