A: It is estimated that there are half a million mice living across the London Underground network. Mice can be found in many environments such as forests and grasslands, or any manmade structure where they can find warmth, shelter, and food. They are not unique to the London Underground and are found on other transport systems around the world. Mice can be seen at any time of the day across the entire network, however mice are nocturnal so in general are more active at night.
A: We have carried out risk assessments in connection with the presence of anthrax spores. This involves ascertaining the age of the building in order to establish whether it was constructed before 1910. The relevance of this date is that in 1908, the Horse Hair Act was passed in the United Kingdom, requiring the sterilization of horse hair used in buildings. If the building is believed to be constructed before this date, the plaster is checked for the presence of horse hair. If it is present, sampling and testing for anthrax spores is normally carried out. Such testing has been carried out at a number of locations over the years. Our records cover approximately the last 20 years, and I can confirm that all samples during this period tested negative for anthrax spores.
A: There have been no costs in 2019 for changing hoardings at these stations. Changes were made in 2018 but we do not have the costs you require broken down by the individual stations. However averaging the total costs incurred would equate to £775 for materials and £840.02 for installation per station.
A: Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm that we hold the information you require, which can be found in the attached document.
A: All station cameras record 24/7. There are a total of 13,211 station cameras, the breakdown by line is as follows:
Circle & Hammersmith 230
A: There were three advertisements that we updated plus a series of poster based maps, each featuring great places to go along the Underground lines, DLR etc. The costs were as follows:
1. London Underground air conditioning ad. The cost to amend poster artwork was £1,580.
2. London Buses real time information ad. The cost to amend posters and press advertising was £4,820.
3. The ‘Off Peak’ campaign covering all modes of public transport. The cost to update across twelve different formats for print and on line was £6,355.
4. Updating nine ‘cultural maps’ costing a total £3,400. These maps were for the Bakerloo, Circle, District, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines plus the London Overground, DLR and London Borough of Culture (Waltham Forest).
A1: We do not record train punctuality as ‘on time’, however the attached spreadsheet shows the daily departure times for this service. The train service is a ‘turn up and go’ service managed to frequency rather than punctuality. For the trains where data is available, the percentages departing within a certain number of minutes are: Under 2 Minutes 17.4%, 2-5 minutes 25.6%, 5-10 minutes 30.4%, Over 10 minutes 26.5%. There are 33 days out of 263 where we have no data. This may be due to the cancellation of this train.
A2: The average departure of the 230 recorded trains is 7 minutes 2 seconds later than 07:39 a.m.
A: Bermondsey to London Bridge WB – 01 April data – 114dB Peak (C)
London Bridge to Bermondsey EB – 11 March data – 110dB Peak (C)
The lower exposure action values are a peak sound pressure of 135 dB, the upper exposure action values are a peak sound pressure of 137 dB.
A: We responded to 95.7% (2898/3027) of FOI requests received in 2018/19 on time. The 4.3% of cases that were not responded to on time were delayed for a number of reasons including delays in receiving the requested information from the relevant business area, time needed to review the response, and additional information needing to be obtained to fully answer the request. The median value is 9 days overdue for cases that have passed their deadline.