Last week we heard there are too many PA announcements, now they're too noisy. Earl's Court Underground station has been served with a noise abatement notice following complaints from residents and hoteliers that that its public address system is too loud. It's the first noise abatement notice to be served on a Tube station.
Metro report that apparently 'Both the volume and frequency of announcements were unnecessarily high, causing constant irritation to residents.' The council put pressure on the station and the system was changed in 2004 but the announcements became even louder. Val Weedon, national coordinator of protest group the Noise Association, said: 'There is no reason why London Underground needs to make their announcements so loud. We have even had passengers complain about the announcements so it is not just the neighbours who are unhappy.'
London Underground has 21 days to appeal against the abatement notice or comply with it within 60 days.
If if fails to do so, the council can launch a prosecution. So what would happen then, would Earl's Court get an ASBO?