Night tube noise

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0012
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I have received several complaints from residents experiencing noise problems from the tube, including some who have been complaining for months.  Why have some available solutions, such as reduction in speed or the use of dampening technologies, not been implemented across the night tube system in order to reduce noise and distress for residents?

Answer

Answer for Night tube noise

Answer for Night tube noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) takes all noise complaints very seriously and has a robust noise complaints procedure in place.  It is doing everything it can to reduce rail noise in hot-spot areas.

Where engineering solutions are available they are being implemented as quickly as possible. To date, shock absorbent track fastenings have reduced noise at a number of locations and are being installed right now at more noise hot-spots such as Warren Street and Gloucester Road, with plans for further installations at Mornington Crescent in March.

This technology is currently effective for ground borne noise and vibration but is not suitable for all areas of track due to the tight radius of some curves but more commonly because some of the older types of rails and sleepers still in use don't allow it to be fitted.

For other areas, TfL is about to trial an innovative rail damping system that it believes may reduce noise in open areas where no other solutions exist. If successful TfL will look to roll this out to other areas of the Tube that meet similar criteria. TfL is keeping affected residents aware of progress and is setting clear timeframes for when the work is scheduled to be completed.

I know that you are due to meet some of TfL's team of noise experts regarding the Piccadilly line, and the team can go into further detail with you then.