Kennington Loop

Robert thomas made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

Please provide:

1. Copies of all documents evidencing all efforts made since 1st January 2016 to investigate the cause of the increased noise and vibration caused by the kennington loop and brought to the attention by local residents;

2. Copies of all documents evidencing any work or other steps taken since 1st January 2016 to reduce or manage the increased noise and vibration caused by the kennington loop and brought to the attention by local residents;

3. Copies of all measurements, evaluations or other assessments made of the noise and vibration caused by the kennington loop since 1st May 2016.

Yours faithfully,

Robert thomas

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Thomas

TfL Ref: 1246-1617

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 26 September 2016.

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy.

A response will be provided to you by 24 October 2016. We publish a substantial range of information on our website on subjects including operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance and our financial performance. This includes data which is frequently asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Thomas

 

TfL Ref: 1246-1617

 

Thank you for your email received by us on 26 September 2016 asking for
information about the noise and vibration caused by the Kennington Loop. I
apologise for the delay in responding.

 

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

 

1. Copies of all documents evidencing all efforts made since 1st January
2016 to investigate the cause of the increased noise and vibration caused
by the kennington loop and brought to the attention by local residents;

 

2. Copies of all documents evidencing any work or other steps taken since
1st January 2016 to reduce or manage the increased noise and vibration
caused by the kennington loop and brought to the attention by local
residents;

 

3. Copies of all measurements, evaluations or other assessments made of
the noise and vibration caused by the kennington loop since 1st May 2016.

 

Please find attached copies of the Work Order records for all maintenance
work performed on the Kennington loop since 1 January 2016. The noise and
vibration assessments undertaken at properties within the vicinity were
provided with your previous request (FOI-1209-1617). The priority column
that is partly visible from the Works Order records depicts a number from
1 to 10, with ‘1’ being the highest priority.

 

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Protection Act 1998 (DPA) some personal data has been removed, as required
by section 40(2) of the FOI Act. This is because disclosure of this
personal data would be a breach of the DPA, specifically the first
principle of the DPA which requires all processing of personal data to be
fair and lawful. It would not be fair to disclose this personal
information when the individuals have no expectation it would be disclosed
and TfL has not satisfied one of the conditions of Schedule 2 of the Data
Protection Act which would make the processing ‘fair’.

 

We have inspected and maintained the rails to ensure they are safe to
operate on. The cause of noise has been identified by the corrugation, or
roughness, of the railhead. This causes an increase in vibration as the
train passes over and propagates through the ground and into nearby
properties. We have, in the past, attempted to mitigate this through rail
grinding but has been limited in its effectiveness due to lack of
ventilation in the tunnel.

 

Our noise experts, along with the Operations Director for the Northern
line, met with residents on 16 March and confirmed that during a major
closure of the Northern line over Christmas this year (as part of the
Northern Line Extension works) we are going to install approximately 100m
of modern, shock absorbent track underneath Ravensdon and Radcot Streets.
We expect that this will significantly reduce noise. Our engineers are
also committed to investigating what other works may be needed to achieve
the maximum noise reduction for residents in the area that have told us
that they are affected by trains using the loop.

 

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.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
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

 

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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