Victoria Line Noise - Islington (2)

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

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

Islington residents have informed me that TfL has agreed to grinding, which has an effect for less than two months twice a year. This is an insufficient solution only lowering the noise relatively (59 to 47 decibels). How much is being spent on this process?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Tube noise is a priority for both me and Transport for London (TfL), which has twice carried out extensive rail grinding in this area this year. Rail grinding in this area has remained beneficial beyond two months, and significantly reduced noise levels for the majority of residents monitored.

My Deputy Mayor for Transport and TfL officers met with local residents and stakeholders in October 2020. During this meeting, residents noted that rail grinding had produced significant benefits.

Despite financial challenges, TfL continues to invest significant funding in track renewal and maintenance. This includes a continuous programme of rail grinding and track modernisation.

TfL does not record cost data in the format you have requested. Many of the works carried out to address noise and vibration issues are carried out alongside routine maintenance works. In addition, many of the resources used – including both staff and equipment – are not used exclusively to address Tube noise.