Tube noise in Kentish Town

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Residents of Kentish Town have over recent months started to suffer from tube noise and vibration from the Northern line trains along the stretch from Camden to Kentish Town, and have lodged complaints with TFL. However, their position is that they are unable to do anything to mitigate the noise as there is "no viable solution". What does this mean in this case and will you look to see what can be done to mitigate their problems, especially as you will be increasing the capacity of the Northern Line through running extra train services in the New Year?


Answer for Tube noise in Kentish Town

Answer for Tube noise in Kentish Town

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) has received a total of 16 complaints from residents between Kentish Town and Camden Town stations and has, so far, taken measurements at six properties. From the measurements obtained, decibel levels have ranged from 33-41dB(A).

TfL has prepared multiple reports detailing the track features that are the likely cause of noise and vibration at each of the properties. In most, if not all of the cases, roughness of the rail is the primary cause of the increased noise and vibration.

All 16 complainants are spread across roughly one kilometre of track. TfL has explored the possibility of replacing all of the rail in this section but its engineers have advised that this option will be of limited benefit in the long-term. A one kilometre re-rail would take at least six months to deliver, and in the time between the start and end of the work the rail would corrugate again. This means that noise levels would likely return to pre-work levels.

TfL is now looking at what can be done on a case-by-case basis to provide a longer-term reduction, prioritising those experiencing the highest noise levels and working sequentially until the complaints are resolved.

TfL is currently addressing noise at Northern line hot-spots and this work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2018. TfL's noise experts will be in touch with those residents who could benefit from a noise reduction to confirm a plan, and an expected date, as soon as possible.