Asbestos containing components 1973ts Piccadilly line

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Dear Transport for London,

I wish to confirm whether TfL still has asbestos containing components on their 1973ts trains and whether there is a plan to remove these asbestos components. I also wish to confirm whether TfL allow these components to be refitted once removed or whether these components must be replaced with non-asbestos containing components.

Yours faithfully,

Bharat Patel

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Bharat Patel

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1566-2223

 

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Dear Bharat Patel

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1566-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 30
September 2022, asking for information about asbestos components on the
Piccadilly line rolling stock.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can
confirm that we hold the information you require. Specifically you asked:

 

I wish to confirm whether TfL still has asbestos containing components on
their 1973ts trains and whether there is a plan to remove these asbestos
components. I also wish to confirm whether TfL allow these components to
be refitted once removed or whether these components must be replaced with
non-asbestos containing components.

 

The rolling stock currently in use on the Piccadilly line (1973TS) was
manufactured in or around 1973 and consequently, asbestos containing
materials were used.  However, this rolling stock has undergone
refurbishment, which included removal of some of the asbestos containing
materials, although some still remain.

 

This rolling stock will be replaced with new trains which are scheduled to
enter passenger service from 2025 so there are no plans to carry out
complete removal and replacement of these components while they remain in
good condition. 

 

Please note any remaining asbestos containing materials are managed in
accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, which includes
re-inspections to ensure that the asbestos remains in good condition.  If
the condition deteriorates, these components are removed and replaced with
non-asbestos alternatives.

 

If an individual asbestos containing material is removed from the train,
it is not reinstated.  However, there may be circumstances where an
assembly is removed from a train which may contain asbestos components. 
Provided such asbestos components are in good condition and crucially,
have not been disturbed (i.e. not removed from the assembly), the complete
unit may be re-instated. If however, these asbestos components contained
within the assembly are in poor condition, they will be removed and
replaced with a non-asbestos equivalent.

 

Please note the term ‘assembly’ in this context refers to a part of the
train that can be removed without disturbing asbestos containing materials
contained within, such as equipment boxes or resistor grids.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

 

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