Tube Noise

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th March 2021.

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Photo of Navin Shah Navin Shah Labour

A response I received from TfL in regards to tube noise issues states that due to the financial impact of the pandemic “some non-safety-critical activities” have been delayed and that they could not confirm next steps when it comes to tube noise issues until the 2021/2022 budget has been confirmed. Will you commit to making tackling tube noise, that has a serious impact on the quality of life of many residents, a priority for the future?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Yes, Tube noise will continue to be a priority both for me and Transport for London (TfL).

TfL is continuing to tackle Tube noise through a number of different methods. This includes rail grinding, which works by smoothing rails and removing corrugation, which is often the root cause of residential noise. TfL has carried out over 10,000 metres of noise and vibration-related rail grinding in the last six months.

TfL will continue to carry out rail grinding, as well as other targeted interventions to reduce noise, including the removal of redundant rail joints, the maintenance of points and crossings, and re-ballasting track where required.

I understand that London Underground’s Managing Director has written to Assembly Members to provide a comprehensive update on TfL’s efforts to tackle Tube noise, including an update on planned works at a number of priority locations.