Following complaints from residents living near stations and above tunnel sections, LU has visited new noise-suppressing fastenings to sections of Central Line tracks.
Fair enough. Only problem is, this has the effect of sending the noise and vibrations back through the train. It's incredibly loud for drivers and, in some places, even worse for punters in the carriage. Some drivers are buying ear defenders.
Safety reps at the east end of the line have come up with a proposal to reduce speed slightly in the affected areas, which massively improves the issue. The reduction wouldn't alter the timetable or the service; for the sake of a few seconds, will LU make drivers, and customers, suffer? If bosses kibosh the plan, drivers need to consider other ways to get it implemented. How about a go-slow?