East London Line Brings Tha Noize

Listen for lessons I’m saying inside music that the critics are blasting me for
They’ll never care for the brothers and sisters now across the country has us up for the war
We got to demonstrate, come on now, they’re gonna have to wait
Till we get it right
- Public Enemy, Bring tha Noize

In Sydenham, the brothers are madder than mad cause the beats on the East London Line are so dope. The ride, the glide is driving them to suicide.

ThisisLondon reports that residents nearby Sydenham Station are being driven to distraction by the frequency of train announcements since the introduction of the East London Line. The tannoy has been replaced by a man with a loud hailer, who has become D. Public Enemy number one.

In Brockley, we've kept our tannoy but we have thought for a while that the frequency of the trains now makes the announcements redundant. Anyone who spends a few minutes near the station is subjected to a running commentary about life on platforms one and two.

Are any residents in Brockley bothered?

22 comments:

ross said...

the tannoy was quite a lot louder for a while but they changed it or turned it down because people complained.

Brockley Nick said...

Interesting, thanks!

NXG_Resident said...

Screeching ELL trains appear to be a bigger problem for certain residents:

http://www.southlondonpress.co.uk/news.cfm?id=28672&headline=Squealing%20trains%20keep%20New%20Cross%20residents%20awake

Anonymous said...

Yep,I read in the Mercury its the screeching wheels they were complaining about.

Anonymous said...

That story about the announcer was in the South London Press on Tuesday. The Standard always nick stuff from the SLP...

Monkeyboy said...

It's not an uncommon problem for LU stations. PA anouncements and light polution. Lighting and PA are considered safety features so so some annoyance may be unavoidable. They do tend to kick the arse out of telling you stuff several times a minute!

The DDA isues may also mean that lighting and PA needs to be at a level to allow old/partially signted/deaf users to use the system effectivly - they pay tax afterall so not unreasonable!

The lighting tends to stay on 24/7 for night works and a lot of the older stations are all or nothing in terms of light levels.

If you complain enough it can be changed to somethink a bit more sensible out of hours, just dont expect a snappy response.

Monkeyboy said...

As you can see I was a big disapointment to my English teacher.

lb said...

The sydenham.org forums reveal a certain amount of slightly comical frothing over this. I say "slightly comical" as it appears at the end of an (earlier) thread in which people were complaining about being unable to hear announcements.

drakefell debaser said...

I think the residents of those new flats on Mantle Rd will be bothered by the station announcements. Assuming the flats are ever completed.

lb said...

Having said that, you'd hope they'd notice the railway line directly outside their windows and adjust their expectations accordingly.

I say "hope" as I've often seen instances of people moving in next to a facility that's innately noisy / dirty / snmelly etc and then being surprised when it creates noise / dirt / smells.

urbansurgery said...

if you crane your neck while stood right next to a Tannoy post at Honor Oak Park station you may just, given a favourable wind, hear that an announcement is being made.
Hearing discernible details is less reliable

Brockley Jon said...

Forest Hill has a man with a loud hailer, who does have a habit of using it while stood right next to you. It's pretty loud.

I feel most sorry for the occupiers of the new flats opposite who overlook the station, and must get a running commentary when sat on their balcony. Still, as you say LB, you'd hope they'd have noticed that when they bought things. Perfect flats for trainspotters.

Anonymous said...

Or deaf people.

Ed said...

I just love the variety and excellence of the quoters you choose Nick. Chuck D, Stewart Lee, Armando Ianucci etc. - heroes all!

Headhunter said...

Never mind Sydenham, when is Brockley going to be named Brockley rather than "Arckley" on the ELL?

foxberry said...

we complained about the noise a while back - we live right by the station, and it was really intrusive. it took a while and much persistence, but they definitely turned the tannoy down. it used to be really loud in our garden, but we don't hear it now. i don't see the point of the constant stream of announcements though. the most irksome are the ones announcing trains at 5.30am or after midnight to totally empty platforms. the trains are quite screechy. but on the whole the new ELL is so good that we can put up with it. . .
actually the most annoying thing for me is that they don't flash up messages at brockley or new cross gate when there are delays on the jubilee line - you get to canada water and find that there's no service or delays and have to ride all the way back to get the train to london bridge. i do like having loads more trains though.

Monkeyboy said...

Good point about lack of info on the jubilee line. It's a separate organisation but shouldn't be beyond them to integrate the info.

Headhunter said...

Yes, I've noticed there is no info re the Jubilee Line and other people have mentioned it here. You would have thought with the continuous monologue of information from the tannoys they could shoehorn some actually useful information in...

Arkley said...

Brockley. This is Brockley. The train now standing at Platform 1 is the same one I told you about 30 seconds ago...blah blah blah...

Yes, too many announcements.

Fergus said...

The tannoy is bad enough but it's the guy in the tabbard constantly telling us to 'stand behind the yellow line'that really annoys me. I'm 50 years old, been using Brockley for 20 years so I think I'm capable of working out where it is safe to stand.

Andy Endwell said...

Well said Fergus - I completely agree.

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