Last November, I, along with City of London Common Councilmen and City Corporation officials, visited the home of a Barbican resident to hear and feel first-hand the recurrent commotion caused by passing underground trains. This experience, coupled with the accounts of the residents’ present at the meeting, formed a powerful case for serious remedial action.
Since that meeting, I am happy to say that TfL has undertaken rail replacement work on the Hammersmith and Circle line that runs beneath the Estate which, in most areas, has produced a measurable improvement in noise and vibration levels. Nevertheless, serious problems persist, and in July a second follow-up meeting was held at another long-suffering residents’ home to discuss ways of resolving this problem once and for all, this time with the Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, in attendance.
We will not make progress on these long-standing issue without the full cooperation of London Underground and the Mayor’s office, which is why I am so please that Heidi took the time to visit residents and listen to their concerns, and the trains! I cannot promise that our efforts will return some much-missed peace and quiet to residents overnight; nevertheless, I remain fully committed to holding London Underground to account and will persist with my efforts to bring about overdue change.
My thanks to councilmen Adrian Bastow, Mary Durcan and Tom Sleigh, Assembly Member Unmesh Desai, and Heidi for all their cross-party efforts on this issue.