Neighbours could be facing sleepless nights when the Night Tube is launched after a survey revealed a huge number are already disturbed by Underground noise and vibrations.
A survey launched by London Assembly (LA) member, Murad Qureshi found 90% of residents who responded in the Marylebone area say they are effected by disturbance.
It also found 87% of local residents surveyed are either “very concerned” or “a little bit concerned” that introduction of the Night Tube would make noise disturbance worse.
The survey came after the Labour AM was contacted by a number of residents in the Baker Street area said their lives were being disrupted by Tube trains running under their homes.
Nearly 100 people responded to the survey, and spoke of pictures shifting on walls, rattling windows and shaking beds.
One person said: “Even though being on the top fifth floor, over the past year the noise has become more noticeable.
"Due to the late running of the service I have to wear ear plugs to get to sleep. It is going to be an absolute nightmare when night service is introduced.”
'Constant and significant disruption'
An internal risk assessment teams from Transport for London (TfL) recently warned that nuisance noise could reduce quality of life and lead residents to feel suicidal .
The official assessment, obtained by The Times in February via a Freedom of Information request, identified a four out of five chance risk that “residents who live close to and above tracks are disturbed at night by noise, vibration and ground bourne noise.”
With plans for an August launch of the service being mooted , Mr Qureshi has now called on TfL to delay the introduction of the Night Tube and repair all identified sections of track.
He said: “The survey results clearly show the extent of the problem. This isn’t just a bit of noise effecting residents on the ground floor every now and then. This is a constant and significant disruption even for people living five storeys above the tracks.
"Many residents said that the noise and vibration has increased in the past couple of years and it’s a real worry that TfL can’t get this sorted.
“Marylebone residents desperately need some respite from these continuous disturbances. I strongly urge Transport for London to establish a dedicated “noise busters” team that could be called out to investigate, and deal with, sections of track that are in need of replacement or maintenance.”
Kevin Dunning, London Underground’s director of network services, said: “We want to continue being a good neighbour when we introduce the new Night Tube service and have completed a massive programme of preparatory work to fix potential problems before they arise, including completing hundreds of kilometres of rail grinding to make sure the track is in top condition.
"We’re confident residents won’t be disturbed and we’ll of course continue to talk to anyone who has concerns once the service launches.”