Victoria Line Noise - Islington (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

Hundreds of Islington residents have been suffering with horrific tube noise levels since 2017, when flat bottom track was installed on the Victoria line without an essential track fastener such as Delkor. When will the correct material be installed?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Tube noise is a priority for both Transport for London (TfL) and me.

The Highbury & Islington area remains a key focus for TfL, and my Deputy Mayor for Transport and TfL officers have met with local residents and stakeholders a number of times this year.

TfL has twice carried out extensive rail grinding in the area this year. This has covered approximately 3,500 metres of track between Highbury & Islington and King’s Cross St. Pancras, including both the north and southbound tracks. Noise monitoring carried out earlier this year found the grinding carried out in May 2020 significantly reduced noise levels for the majority of residents monitored. A second period of rail grinding in this area was completed last month, and further noise monitoring will be carried out over the coming weeks, subject to coronavirus restrictions, to determine its impact.

TfL explored the option of carrying out Deep Tube Reconditioning (DTR) in this area, which would include the installation of a noise-dampening rail fastening. Unfortunately,  the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on TfL’s finances, and there is currently no funding available for DTR work in this area.

TfL will continue to engage closely with local residents in this area to understand and address any issues within its operational and financial constraints.