Victoria Line Noise - Islington (3)

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

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

Islington residents need the respite of slower trains during the section of the Victoria line track but have been told it will ‘affect the timetables’. Slowing the trains would not fix it the problem but would provide some respite. Will the Mayor consider this?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Tube noise remains a priority for both Transport for London (TfL) and me. I know TfL recognises the impact that Tube noise can have and understands the importance of minimising noise levels for local residents, customers and Tube staff. TfL has carried out extensive works aimed at reducing noise levels in Islington over recent years.

TfL does not plan to introduce speed restrictions in this area. Given the frequency of service on the Victoria line, any speed restriction applied between Highbury & Islington and King’s Cross, even off-peak, would likely lead to a reduction in service at a time when TfL needs to continue operating a full planned service to enable social distancing.