"The past 11 months have been increasingly stressful, tiring and depressing. My whole family has suffered from disturbed sleep from August 2015 onwards. The noise penetrates every single room in our home. I personally have to get by an average of 5.30 or 6 hours of sleep per night and I am just exhausted. I work from home so there is no way I can escape the noise. My 16 year-old daughter too complained that she couldn't get enough rest during her GCSEs and that the noise made her revisions very difficult. She is now very anxious about what will happen in September if the noise continues as she starts 6th form. She said she wouldn't be able to cope studying for her A-levels if she had to endure the same level of noise as she did during GCSEs.
We all feel that Tfl has been negligent and cavalier with residents.
There is no excuse for this.
And after 11 months, there is still no solution in sight.
Tfl is NOT ready to start a 24-hour service and it shouldn't be allowed to before it solves the problems it has created for residents"
I am a resident of Marylebone (Dorset Square area) and for the past few months
my life has been badly affected by a sudden surge in underground noise: what
was a low murmur is now thunderous, a roar.
No explanation is being offered by TfL and they do not say anything in reply to
One would in particular like TfL to tell us why we have this noise surge and,
specifically, to what specific public benefit is our domestic peace being
sacrificed? Their bureaucratic insolence is astounding: they appear to have not
even considered the acoustic pollution of whatever new practice they have
The social cost to hundreds of thousands of people seems an irrelevancy in TfL’s
The situation is so bad that some of us at least fear we will be driven from our
homes. It is the revelation of our impotence in the face of absolute power that is
so demoralizing, along with the constant reminders of it- the shaking of windows
and structures, of the very fabric of the building, the subterranean thunder.
Inevitably cities are noisy and we make trade offs- what is intolerable is the
addition of this menace to the many we have to live with: some of the worst
pollution in Europe, the traffic noise, the aircraft noise and other urban blights
such as dumped garbage and public urination (public urinals having largely
There comes a point where the struggle is no longer worth it.
We have lived in my home for over 10 years with no problems until August 2016. Then we started to hear the noise of the tube line underneath my home. Since this time the noise has grown. The sound is the foundations of our home shaking. We live in a ground floor flat, thus we have no escape. We can even hear in our back garden. Its impact on our life is massive, particularly the interrupted sleep which affects every part of our life and the stress. Every day we are woken at around 5.30am with rumbling and noises of trains on a track beneath our home. This causes us and our neighbours who are all in the same boat huge amounts of stress. I have anxiety every night worrying is the noise will keep me awake again. I often waiting till 12.30am before attempting to sleep as I know there will be no noise. I dread the night tube as I fear I won’t be able to sleep. I fear for my health in the future. What also is a massive concern is that we now live in a worth less house. Who would want to live, rent our own a house where the floor is moving and the noise is constant? We feel our future is ruined as we won’t be able to sell or rent our property. A reflection of how difficult it is to live with constant rumbling and rattling is that my mother died recently and I was forced to leave my home. I simply couldn’t bare the noise any more.
-Emma P, Seven Sisters