Tube noise [1]

MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to Question No: 2019/9216

‘Tube noise has not been reduced sufficiently for a number of residents, who have suffered ground borne noise well in excess of 50Db, in some case for several years and in one case rendering the property uninhabitable. in such cases will you now consider compensating residents, if necessary buying their property?’

Your answer being:

‘Transport for London (TfL) understands the importance of minimising noise levels for its neighbours and is determined to do more to achieve it. TfL is focussing its efforts on tackling tube noise and vibration at source, not through compensation. It has carried out works near over 200 homes most affected by noise, installing thousands of new track fastenings, hundreds of metres of new track, grinding rails and removing rail joints where no longer necessary. Where current technology does not reduce noise levels, TfL will continue working with suppliers and academics to innovate and develop new technology to reduce noise levels across the network.’

When TfL have been unable to reduce noise and vibration at source or provide other mitigation measures, what do you propose those who suffer this excessive noise should do as it may be many years if at all, that Tfl find other ways to reduce noise? And as homes are rendered uninhabitable and unsalable by noise in the most extreme cases, do you not think that compensation should be provided or TfL should offer to purchase the properties affected?


Tube noise [1]

Tube noise [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) is committed to reducing the noise experienced by people who live above or close to the Tube, and will continue to take all reasonable measures to minimise noise and limit the disruption it causes. This includes prioritising sites which are experiencing the highest noise levels.

Regrettably, there are some areas where noise cannot currently be reduced to standards expected by residents. TfL continues to work alongside industry and academia to further understand noise and vibration, to trial new products and innovative solutions, and work towards reducing noise and vibration for these residents. 

TfL continues to focus its efforts on tackling Tube noise and vibration at source, not through compensation.