Railway Noise

MQT on 2018-05-17
Session date: 
May 17, 2018
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


My Harrow constituent at HA1 2JQ has complained about problems with railway noise following track changes. The constituent has lived by the Met/ Chiltern line just east of Harrow on the Hill station since 1959 and has never been bothered by railway noise until very recently when contractors arrived unannounced and put in a cross rail on the tracks. This means there is a loud thumping noise on the Met down line as each carriage goes over the rail. Apparently, no environmental impact assessment was done by the contractor but it was agreed that it was unacceptably noisy so an acoustic wall will be installed. However, this was not going to be done until the summer and this date has now extended to next year because someone in Woodford has a higher priority! They have suggested in the meantime she installs a 6 ft high wooden fence which they may pay for. None of this is acceptable, what is required is a professional solution for an effective reduction of noise and not a 'wooden fence' and the remedial measures taken urgently than having to wait for an indefinite period. 


Answer for Railway Noise

Answer for Railway Noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am sorry that residents are being disturbed by noise from the railway following changes to the tracks near Harrow-on-the-Hill in 2017.

Transport for London (TfL) is proposing to install a noise barrier to reduce noise levels experienced by your constituents. TfL will first consult on and trial this barrier at another location to test its effectiveness. The residents' consultation on the trial barrier is due to run for six weeks this summer. TfL will then evaluate the effectiveness of the trial barrier as soon as possible after its installation. If the trial barrier is shown to reduce noise to a satisfactory level, one will then be installed near Harrow-on-the-Hill station.

In the meantime TfL has offered to install a fence as a temporary measure. This will not reduce noise as much as a highly engineered acoustic barrier but will provide some benefit to residents.