London’s businesses, night-workers and party goers are welcoming the introduction of the much talked about night tube. It will see parts of the Underground running a 24/7 service. Residents surrounding the 5 lines, however, are becoming increasingly worried about night tube noise disturbances.
Concerns About Night Tube Noise Disturbances
After a long day at the office we all want to get home for a little rest and relaxation. Therefore it should be of no surprise that noise pollution can be very annoying, especially for those in the heart of the busiest sections of the underground.
In fact during 2008, a survey carried out amongst Westminster residents showed that 6% of people felt that the noise pollution from the tube had a detrimental effect on their health and overall well being.
It is also important to note that valuable evidence has proven that noise pollution has a detrimental effect on our overall physical and mental health. Some research even indicates that it is linked to strokes and cardiovascular disease.
With the introduction of the night tube we can expect 6% more people to be greatly affected; a large swathe of North and North West London whose concerns have real value and should be taken extremely seriously.
How the Night Tube Creates Noise
The number of trains and the speed at which they travel are the factors which determine the amount of noise pollution produced. Tube noise is created by a low frequency that arises from the movement of air, which is forced through the tunnels, and also the sounds emitted from the train wheels on the tracks.
It is this low-frequency vibration that we feel when windows rattle or noise vibrates through our walls. During the daytime this noise is usually masked by background noise from TV’s, radios and people just going about their day to day business, so it isn’t as noticeable.
However, what is experienced during the night is very different. With less background noise, as soon as we put our head on our pillows noise pollution is much more audible, and it is likely to prevent us from getting the sleep that we need.
It is predicted that in areas of the underground, which are the most popular, such as the Victoria area, will suffer a lot more.
Noise Disturbance Solutions
Concerned residents are looking to their local councils and Transport for London for support in noise solutions, whilst increasingly searching for ways to soundproof their houses. Concreting floors (rather than keeping simple timber frames) can be very helpful in combatting the vibrations coming from underground, as will ‘floating walls’.
A simpler solution is to use noise reduction glass that can reduce noise pollution by between 35-55 dB. Noise reduction windows and secondary glazing are appealing options for residents, who are looking to combat the night tube noise disturbances that will be inevitable, in a city that seemingly never sleeps.
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