Tube drivers set to strike because of concerns over noise levels on the tracks

View od Westminster Station as a train approaches, London on July 30, 2019. After a week of heatwave, heavy rains are hitting the Capital, causing delays and disruptions to all Underground and train services. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Tube drivers are set to strike because parts of the track are too noise (Picture: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Tube drivers in London are set to strike over concerns at the levels of noise on the tracks.

Drivers on parts of the London Underground network will launch the campaign of industrial action after complaining about noise, with 95% of members of the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport) union on the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria Lines voting in favour of taking action.

The action on sections of the lines, set to start on October 10, will include driving at an “appropriate reduced speed to mitigate the creation of excessive noise and to alleviate the distraction, discomfort and anxiety caused in the affected areas”, the RMT said.

A London Underground sign is seen in central London September 6, 2010. As commuters prepared for travel chaos on Monday at the start of a series of strikes on the London Underground, management and unions traded blows over new safety claims. On Monday, up to 10,000 members of the Rail Maritime and Transport and white collar TSSA union, ranging from station employees to drivers, will put down their tools late afternoon at the start of four one-day strikes to protest 800 ticket-office job cuts. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
The RMT said the action follows complaints over noise levels on part of the London Underground network (Picture: REUTERS/Toby Melville)

The RMT said some improvements had been made since it raised the issue, but progress had been slow.

General secretary Mick Cash said: “It is appalling that RMT driver members have had to resort to a programme of industrial action in order to force London Underground to take the issue of excessive track noise seriously.”

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He added: “It should never have come to this and the blame lies solely with the employer and their failure to protect the workforce.

“This is an issue that impacts not only on our members but on the travelling public as well and the union is absolutely determined to ensure that the company don’t drag their feet for a moment longer.”

A Transport for London spokesman said: “We have met with the RMT on a number of occasions on the plans we have to tackle Tube noise and look forward to continuing to work with them to find a resolution.

“The health and safety of our staff and customers is our first priority and we have already agreed to provide a broader range of ear protection to drivers who wish to use it alongside plans for longer-term solutions to this complex issue.”

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