Excuse me, please could you turn down the volume?

Noise and its effect on people around us seems to be becoming a bigger concern, especially on public transport or in public spaces.

Last week, LBC reported the incident of a woman attacked on a Tube train after asking another passenger to turn down the volume when watching a video on his mobile phone.

While intrusion into other people’s space has always been tricky on crowded Tube trains, mobile devices add the new dimension of noise to this.

What is acceptable?

What is entertaining to some people can be annoying to others. Some want to be entertained, while others want to travel in silence.

Trains on the national rail network have ‘quiet coaches’ to try to ensure those who enjoy quiet are not disturbed, but should anyone subject others to noise, whether it be music, film or TV soundtracks or loud phone conversations, that they don’t want to hear?

We think it is courteous to be considerate of others by keeping the volume down or listening through headphones.

What are your thoughts?