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MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The resilient track fixings installed at Mornington Crescent appear to be wearing out far faster than Transport for London were led to believe they would. The manufacturer states that the fixings have a lifespan of 10 years but in Germany there have been reports of them only lasting 2 years, and it appears that at Mornington Crescent they have worn out after only 1 year.

Transport for London is not going to have the budget to change the fixings every two years. Therefore will you now instruct them to stop replacing timber sleepers elsewhere on the network with concrete slab tracks? And what further action will you be taking to reduce noise at Mornington Crescent?


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Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) has been installing resilient track fastenings for over two years, and has not observed increasing noise levels. TfL continues to monitor noise levels and has no evidence of the fastenings degrading.

At Mornington Crescent the majority of noise complaints have been closed, following a significant reduction in noise levels. TfL is currently assessing what further options to reduce noise levels are available in this area.