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Dear Transport for London,
Is there any asbestos present in the tunnels on the Jubilee line between Baker Street and Green park? If so, please can you state which material?

Yours faithfully,

Louis smith

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Smith

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1263-2223

 

Thank you for your request received on 23 August 2022 asking for
information about asbestos on the Jubilee Line.

 

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Dear Mr Smith

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1263-2223

 

Thank you for your request received on 23 August 2022 asking for
information about asbestos on the Jubilee line between Baker Street and
Green Park stations.

 

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

 

Due to the age of the Underground, asbestos is found in a number of
locations on the network. However, in public areas the vast majority
of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are contained behind station
finishes and cannot be accessed by the general public. Where ACMs are
found in public areas, they are located where they cause no risk to the
general public or staff. All stations are re-inspected on a periodic basis
to ensure that no damage has been caused to change this status. If, in the
very rare case it is assessed and the status has changed for any reason,
then a risk assessment is undertaken which will result in either
encapsulation, encasement, or removal.

 

This section of the Jubilee line was constructed in the 1970s and
completed in 1979. During this period, asbestos was still being used and
it is therefore present within this section of the line. It is present in
the following forms:

 

 1. Asbestos woven cable sheath
 2. Flash guards within electrical/signalling equipment
 3. Caulking between tunnel ring segments
 4. Bitumen coated corrugated sheeting (Cellactite)
 5. Asbestos cement cable ducts
 6. Asbestos cement cable troughing
 7. Composite boarding within equipment boxes

 

The areas where asbestos is present have been assessed and cause no risk
to the general public or staff

We have processes and procedures in place to ensure that the management of
asbestos is carried out in compliance with the Control of Asbestos
Regulations 2012. Some of the main requirements that London Underground
deliver under this regulation are listed below:

·         Identify the location and condition of hazardous materials

·         Maintain an asbestos register with known, presumed or strongly
presumed asbestos

·         Assess and manage the risk of exposure

·         Prepare, implement, review & monitor the management plan to
manage the risks

·         Regularly inspect known instances of asbestos

·         Provide information on the location and condition of the
material to anyone who is likely to disturb it

·         Carry out management, refurbishment and / or pre-demolition
surveys when required

·         Carry out airborne fibre monitoring where necessary

·         Maintain records detailing when and where asbestos is removed,
treated and disposed

·         Request and retain Waste Consignment Note upon transportation of
Hazardous Materials to Hazardous Waste Landfill site

·         Hold relevant Asbestos Management Qualifications

It is London Underground’s policy to continue to safely manage Asbestos
Containing Materials (ACMs) in-situ, through continued management surveys,
re-inspections, risk assessments and pre-work Refurbishment & Demolition
(R&D) surveys. We also carry out airborne fibre monitoring for asbestos as
reassurance during work on or near to asbestos containing materials.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for please feel free to
contact me.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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