Action Being Taken Over Noisy South Wimbledon Tube

Local residents' complaints have increased since the start of the night tube

Action is set to be taken over late night tube noise at South Wimbledon station after complaints made by local residents.

Local London Assembly Member Leonie Cooper has met Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, at the station to hear first hand accounts of the excessive noise blighting the lives of local residents.

In 2016 and 2017, TfL received 90 complaints a year relating to Tube noise from Merton residents. Outstanding complaints are currently being investigated, including 44 complaints made in 2018.

Leonie Cooper said: "Local people have had their lives disrupted by excessive tube noise. It is very encouraging that the new Deputy Mayor for Transport has come to South Wimbledon station, as a matter of urgency, to meet local people, listen to their grievances and experience the problems for herself.

"In the meantime, I will of course continue to raise any complaints that come through to me with TFL, and I am reassured by the number of cases that are being swiftly and robustly resolved.

"The night tube has brought many benefits to South Wimbledon, but these positives should not come at the expense of the peace of local residents."

Heidi Alexander replied in a letter: "Over the last year, TfL has carried out a number of works to mitigate the noise around Tube stations in your constituency. This has included replacing pieces of track and installing 470 metres of resilient track fastenings, which has led to a noise reduction of approximately ten decibels (dB).

"TfL spends around £200m a year on track improvements, which includes its continuous programme of rail grinding and track modernisation. TfL has also installed over 15,000 new shock absorbent fixings across their whole rail network, which help reduce the sound when trains run over them in almost all cases.

"The Mayor and I will continue to press TfL to continue working with suppliers and academics to innovate and develop new technology to further reduce noise pollution across the network."

  • Anyone disturbed by noise and vibration should contact TfL's 24/7 Customer Service centre on 0343 222 1234 or at TfL says every complaint is logged and responded to.

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July 16, 2018

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