Buskers on London Underground
Request ID: FOI-2638-1920
Date published: 28 November 2019
Could you explain your policy on allowing buskers who play loud music on the London underground .I am asking as it is already difficult to hear announcements and sometimes impossible when music is in the background
Our ref: FOI-2638-1920
Thank you for your request received on 9 November 2019 asking for information about buskers on London Underground.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our Information Access Policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you requested. You asked:
Could you explain your policy on allowing buskers who play loud music on the London underground. I am asking as it is already difficult to hear announcements and sometimes impossible when music is in the background?
Buskers are issued with a licence showing their name, licence number, an expiry date and a photograph. They are allowed to perform at our stations if they have a valid licence and are included on the buskers’ pitch roster.
Buskers are required by the terms and conditions of their licence to obey the instructions of operational staff, particularly in relation to safety and security. This includes turning down the volume of their amplifier when requested, leaving the station when requested and following the evacuation procedure during an emergency.
If this is not the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.
FOI Case Officer
Transport for London
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