Track maintenance north of East Finchley station

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Since March of 2016 residents have suffered from a noise problem arising from overnight track maintenance just north of East Finchley station. They have suffered an unprecedented 13 nights broken sleep due to hammering and drilling on this track generally starting at 2 a.m. and lasting till 4 a.m. The work seems to concentrate on the central track - this is neither the northbound nor the southbound track, but a rarely-used track used to turn the trains around. TFL has made no attempt to give residents notice of this work or tell them when it is scheduled to be completed. One resident emailed TFL's Freedom of Information office ([email protected]) on 15th November to try to find out when the work is due to finish, but they have not bothered to reply. Will you look into the issue and give a proper reply as to what has been going on, when this will stop and ensure fair warning is given to residents?


Answer for Track maintenance north of East Finchley station

Answer for Track maintenance north of East Finchley station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL’s commitment to its neighbours is that it will give advance notification of any planned upgrade works that will be significantly disruptive in nature.


Work is being carried out as part of the Northern Line Upgrade at East Finchley. During weekend closures in March and April last year, TfL tried to communicate this to as many people as possible through multiple letters to thousands of residents who live in the area impacted by noise. These letters were sent out two weeks before work started.


I am very sorry that, in the instances you cite, residents have been disturbed by track work and not received notification in advance. TfL has looked into the issues your constituents have raised and I will make sure that all queries are responded to as a matter of urgency. I will also ask TfL to provide an update directly to you.


Some of the work in the area consists of essential track maintenance, which is necessary to operate the railway safely and is sometimes conducted at short notice, where no warning can be given. Work is also done to upgrade worn track. The works are to both the southbound and northbound lines and the disused central track section is used to store equipment and materials. Further works are planned on this section of track as part of the next phase of the Northern Line Upgrade and TfL will write to all residents who could be affected by the work in advance.