Tube noise [3]

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


Further to Question No: 2019/9220

‘Although noise may have been reduced slightly in some locations such as Finchley Central, it did not exist at all before the speed increases and northbound track upgrades. Why can Transport for London not return this noise to previous level?’

Your answer being

‘The northbound track upgrade was undertaken as part of Transport for London’s (TfL) wider programme of track renewals and upgrades. These works are essential for TfL to) to maintain reliability and safety on its network.

TfL is aware of recent complaints about tube noise in this area and will undertake further noise measurements and carry out practicable mitigations to reduce noise at affected properties.’

As this problem is not going away, as more noise problems continue to emerge across the Northern and Victoria lines, and as previous mitigation measures have been found to have only short to medium term effectiveness with old complaints now returning, when will TfL get a grip on this issue; and will you consider instructing TfL to look at speed restrictions , especially outside peak hours to mitigate noise pollution, as requested in the above original question, which was not answered?


Tube noise [3]

Tube noise [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

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.

As set out in Mayor's Question 2019/9217, TfL is currently reviewing what criteria should be used when assessing requests for speed restrictions. Clearly, the use of speed restrictions needs to be carefully balanced against providing a level of service that London Underground customers reasonably expect. I’ve asked TfL to contact you to discuss this issue when the review has progressed.