Tube Noise Action Group
Is noise from the tube disrupting your life? You are not alone.
Residents from all over London have been suffering a recent marked increase in noise from the tube. Some, who have been living in their flat for decades, describe it as "having a train right under our floorboards". Many have trouble sleeping, working and concentrating in their own homes. This damages their health and well being. The night tube now runs on a number of lines disturbs some people at all hours. What is causing the increase in noise? There are many possibilities but without clear answers from the engineers whose responsibility it is to maintain the system, we will not know.
If tube noise is disrupting your life, contact us to join our campaign to do something about it.
But be warned, we don't have easy solutions. This will require effort on your part if you want to make a change in your area.
Who We Are
We are ordinary Londoners much like you who are disrupted by tube noise in our own homes. Many of us tried to resolve this in a neighborly fashion with TfL. Many of us were told we were the only ones that were affected or that it was in our imagination. We are coordinating to try and get a solution.
Tube Noise groups have formed in:
...and probably many more we just don't know about. If you don't see your area in this list, consider forming your own to get a change.
What We Are Doing
We are reaching out our elected officials including: MP's, the Mayor of London, London Assembly members, local councils to petition them to press to get the tube noise back down to where it was before. We are also reaching our to other residents who are affected to raise the profile of this issue.
Write in if you want some guidance, but because this affects an area over all of London, expect to do some work if you want results.
What can I do?
- Please realise, this will take some effort on your part. Don't expect to outsource this campaign to others. Please be persistent and keep contacting the the emails/numbers below.
- Contact us and see if there is a local group already established and to join our email list. If not, consider creating your own.
- Speak with your neighbours, try to get as many people involved as possible. If you don't see your neighourhood on this map, let us know and help organise your own local Tube Noise Action Group.
- Email us an impact statement for us to post so others may know.
- Raise the issue with TfL directly: firstname.lastname@example.org, and cc: email@example.com, Call TfL to complain at 0343 222 1234 (Don't expect a satifying response, just get it on the record.)
- Tell the Mayor of London. (Again, get it on the record.)
- Email details of the noise, and how it is affecting you to your London Assembly member AND all the London wide Assembly members (there names will appear once you select your borough.
- Raise the issue with your MP.
- Make a noise complaint to your local council and cc your local councillors.
- If you have media contacts, try to get this story into the news.
- Share with us, any useful information.
- Volunteer to help! We need it. We all have jobs and families and are doing this on a volunteer basis. Do not expect to send us an email and have the noise go away. The areas with the most success, have gotten organised, communicated well and been very persistent.
Map of noise hotspots
Below is a map of locations where residents are affected by an large increase in tube noise. Many of us were initially told by TfL that we were the only ones complaining. This has been proven to be untrue. These are only the locations we know about from people reaching out on twitter and facebook. If you don't see your neighbourhood here? Please Contact us to add it.
Articles and Links
- London Assembley member Murad Queshi extracting promise from the then Mayor, Boris Johnson, that they would do "whatever it takes" not to disturb people in the night tube.
- Marylebone residents battle tube noise
- Community rallies to tell TfL to turn it down!
- TfL: Noise and Vibration Analysis Report: Night Tube Program.
- Evening Standard: Noise from Night Tube 'could drive residents to threaten suicide', TfL report warns.
- Residents distrubed by Tube noise urged to speak out.