Noise & Vibration case study

Motspur Park station Access for All (AfA) scheme


The AfA scheme at Motspur Park station in the London Borough of Merton principally involved constructing three lift shafts and linking these with two new bridge spans. Some demolition of the canopy on the central ‘island’ platform was required to enable these works, along with service diversions. An extension to the existing building on the island platform to form a new ticket office, accessible toilet for passengers, waiting room and station store was also completed.


Given the site location, close to residential properties, SRL was appointed by Octavius Infrastructure Ltd. to prepare and submit a Section 61 (Control of Pollution Act 1974) Application seeking prior consent from the London Borough of Merton for the demolition and construction works.

Due to the proximity of the rail line, a large proportion of the works needed to be undertaken during possession periods, when there were no trains running. These can usually only be obtained at night and weekends when the potential for noise and vibration disturbance to nearby residents is higher.


SRL worked with Octavius to propose and present various mitigation measures within the Application, including acoustic screening, resident notifications, noise monitoring, and complaint handling procedures. Coupled with details of measured baseline noise levels and predicted noise levels from the proposed works, the Application was successful, and the consent received from the London Borough of Merton did not impose any onerous conditions.