Maintenance Programme for the Victoria Line Track

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 10 January 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

Please provide details of the maintenance programme for the Victoria line track in 2020.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Despite a number of financial challenges, Transport for London (TfL) invests approximately £260m a year on London Underground track renewal and maintenance. This includes a continuous programme of rail grinding and track modernisation.

On the Victoria line, in 2020 TfL will carry out works around Tottenham Hale, Brixton and Victoria to convert the track to flat-bottom rail. This modern rail profile will increase the safety performance of the rail, particularly delivering a significant reduction in the risk of rail breaks.

TfL will also continue to carry out regular inspections of the Victoria line, and carry out works to address any issues. Track walks are undertaken at least once a week, and footage from the train’s automatic track measurement system is reviewed at least three times a week. Further work following these inspections can include sleeper grouting or re-railing, if required.

Rail grinding work is also scheduled to take place on the Victoria line in spring 2020. Rail grinding is used both to maintain the condition of the track, and to address noise and vibrations concerns in certain areas.