Might TfL be liable?


I read with interest the recent High Court judgement which found the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden liable for failing to protect the hearing of its musicians and for causing acoustic shock to former viola player Chris Goldscheider.  Whilst the claim for damages was made for personal injury, loss and damage sustained during employment it got me thinking.

Over the weekend I made several trips on the Central Line.  Like many other people in the carriage I was forced to put my fingers in my ears to protect my hearing from the loud screaming sound created by the train when travelling between Wanstead and Leytonstone.  This has been a problem for several years, as reported by the Ilford Recorder in 2017, and Transport for London have made attempts to deal with the problem.

The situation prompts me to pose two questions.  Is the noise so loud that passengers who travel on that stretch of the Central Line regularly and are exposed to the noise might damage their hearing?  Secondly, if it was discovered that the hearing of passengers was being damaged, might Transport for London be liable under some kind of health and safety legislation?


Political debate

Some residents will already be aware that due to local boundary changes a new Wanstead Village Ward has been created as part of Redbridge Council.  In May 2018 voters will have the opportunity to elect three new councillors to represent them.

The main political parties have announced some of the candidates for these seats and campaigning has begun.

Earlier this week the following tweet was published by Redbridge Labour:


It made me feel very dismayed.  Apart from the appalling quality of the image it shows the low level of political debate and discussion on offer to voters.  It is no wonder that politicians and politics seem to be held in such low regard by many people in this country.

I believe we can and must do better.  Can I suggest to Redbridge Labour that they delete this tweet and any others like it?  Let’s raise the level of debate and do our best to encourage everyone to engage in the issues affecting our community in an intelligent, civilised, well-mannered and creative way.  Let’s debate together the very best ways to make the world a better place for everyone.  And may the best ideas win.