Appraisal Summary Tables for RIS2 road schemes

Rebecca Lush made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Please could you send me (as attachments) the latest Appraisal Summary Tables (ASTs) for the following road schemes in RIS2:

N1 A1 Morpeth to Ellingham
N6 A19 Down Hill Lane
N8 A1 Birtley to Coal House
N9 A66 Northern Trans-Pennine
N12 M6 South Lancaster Growth Catalyst J33a (HIF)
N14 A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
N26 M60/M62/M66 Simister Island
N28 A61 Westwood Roundabout
N30 A5036 Princess Way
N31 Mottram Moor Link Road & A57 Link Road
N38 M6 Junction 19
C2 A46 Newark Bypass
C6 A38 Derby Junctions
C16 M54-M6 Link Road
C19 A5 Dodwells to Longshoot
C21 M42 Junction 6
C23 A46 Coventry Junctions
E1 A47 North Tuddenham to Easton
E21 A120 Tendring / Colchester Borders Garden Community (HIF)
E2 A47 Blofield to North Burlingham
E22 A12 Colchester / Braintree Borders Garden Community (HIF)
E4 A47 Great Yarmouth Junctions
E24 A12 Chelmsford to A120
E5 A47 Thickthorn Junction
E26 M11 Junction 7a
E7 A47 Guyhirn Junction
E27 M25 Junction 25
E8 A47 Wansford to Sutton
E28 M25 Junction 28
E14 A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet
E30 Lower Thames Crossing
E16 A5 Towcester Relief Road
S1 M5 Junction 10 and Link Road (Gloucestershire) (HIF)
S27 A358 Taunton to Southfields
S2 A417 Air Balloon
S31 M27 Junction 8
S10 A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet
S32 A31 Ringwood
S11 A249: Swale Transport Infrastructure (HIF)
S33 A27 East of Lewes Package
S12 M2 Junction 5
S35 A27 Arundel Bypass
S13 M25 Junction 10
S37 A27 Worthing and Lancing Improvements
S21 A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge)
S40 A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross
S23 M3 Junction 9
S24 A303 Sparkford to Ilchester

Please could you also supply me with the links to where these ASTs are publicly available?

The AST will contain an assessment on Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and NOx emissions. Where this has been modelled, please provide a break down of GHG and NOx emissions into HGVs and other vehicles

As the ASTs include information within the scope of the Environmental Information Regulations, I wish the request to be treated as made pursuant to those regulations.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Lush

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Please can you confirm that you are preparing your response to this EIR request. You responded to a similar but withdrawn request (sent on 15 April), but have not responded to this current request sent on 11 April.

This requested information (the most current ASTs for the 48 road schemes in RIS2) should be easily accessible and collated centrally. This information is also very much in the public interest (as the ASTs contain the calculation of the carbon impact of each scheme over its appraisal period).

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Lush

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Thank you for your email to Highways England.

 

If you’re reporting a real time issue which requires immediate attention
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A map of the roads for which we are responsible can be found here
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FOI Advice, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Ms Lush,

 

Thank you for your e-mail.

 

For some reason we do not appear to have received your 11 April 2020
e-mail for logging. However, having looked at the request on the What Do
They Know (WDTK) website this request is very similar, if not the same, as
the request made on the 12 April that was refused under Regulation
12(4)(b) of the Regulations before you indicated it had been withdrawn
after it was sent in error. As that request was withdrawn and your request
at this WDTK thread is essentially the same we have seen fit to re-use the
reference number for this request thread and our response is the same and
as follows. Please note Highways England are also currently in the process
of responding to another of your requests found here
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...
under EIR 101046 and has been taken into consideration when calculating
the resources currently being utilised to respond to your requests.

 

Highways England is committed to wider government transparency and
helping  people obtain the information they are looking for.
Unfortunately, in this  case the amount of information you have requested
is substantial. Gathering it together would involve a significant cost and
diversion of  resources from other work. Therefore, your request has been
refused under  the exception in Regulation 12(4)b of the Environmental
Information  Regulations 2004 covering requests that are manifestly
unreasonable.

 

While we have refused your request, this would not prevent us from 
providing information to a more focused request in the future, for
example  a reduction in the number of schemes (no more than 10 schemes)
you would  like this information on.

 

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request you may ask 
for an internal review within 40 days for Environmental Information 
Regulations requests. Our internal review process is available at:
[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have 
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a 
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Please let our team know if you have any queries, quoting reference number
EIR 101039

 

Kind Regards 

Highways England FOI Team 
Web: [3]http://highwaysengland.co.uk

 

From: Rebecca Lush [mailto:[FOI #658877 email]]
Sent: 28 April 2020 17:13
To: CCC <[Highways England request email]>; Highways England
<[Highways England request email]>; Main Inbox <[Highways England request email]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Appraisal Summary Tables for
RIS2 road schemes

 

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Please can you confirm that you are preparing your response to this EIR
request. You responded to a similar but withdrawn request (sent on 15
April), but have not responded to this current request sent on 11 April.

This requested information (the most current ASTs for the 48 road schemes
in RIS2) should be easily accessible and collated centrally. This
information is also very much in the public interest (as the ASTs contain
the calculation of the carbon impact of each scheme over its appraisal
period).

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Lush

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

Under Regulation 11 of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, I would like to request an internal review of your refusal to grant my request for the Appraisal Summary Tables (ASTs) for the 48 road schemes in Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2).

I made the request on 11 April 2020. After confusing my request with another which was withdrawn on 12 April, you refused my request on 29 April under Regulation 12(4)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations. You claim that "the amount of information you have requested is substantial. Gathering it together would involve a significant cost and diversion of resources from other work. Therefore, your request has been refused under the exception in Regulation 12(4)b of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 covering requests that are manifestly unreasonable."

You have failed to provide any information or estimate about the potential cost.

I disagree that supplying this information would involve a "significant cost and diversion of resources from other work" and is "manifestly unreasonable", not least as the reasonableness and significance of which would need to be assessed against the recently approved £27 billion RIS2 funding settlement for Highways England.

In any event, this information (the ASTs) already exists as each road scheme already has an AST. I am not asking HE to create new information, so supplying me with this information requires neither an additional cost nor significant amounts of work. I am simply asking HE to make this existing information visible and accessible.

The ASTs for each scheme should already be publicly available in any case, and should form part of Highways England's Publication Scheme.

HE failed to provide a public interest test for your refusal. The EIRs state that a public authority must “apply a presumption in favour of disclosure”. All exemptions (with the exception of part of the personal data exemption) are subject to the public interest test.

The public interest in disclosure may involve helping to ensure that:
* there is informed public debate about significant decisions
* the public are able to participate effectively in decisions affecting them
* there is adequate scrutiny of the decision-making process
* authorities are accountable for the spending of public money
* authorities do their job properly
* the public is not deceived about the way public authorities, or bodies which they regulate, operate
* the public are informed about possible dangers to health and safety or the environment and the adequacy of measures taken to prevent them

The pre-existing ASTs for each road scheme contain considerable information that is manifestly in the public interest, including the environmental impacts, the carbon emissions and the air pollution impacts. There is enormous public interest in the environmental impacts of transport, especially the carbon impacts, as acknowledged in the Secretary of State's foreword in Department for Transport's consultation Decarbonising Transport: setting the challenge.

It is not in the public interest to keep this vital information hidden from the public. It is very much in the public interest for the public to know the current estimate of the carbon impacts of transport schemes which will be funded with public money.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Lush

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Thank you for your email to Highways England.

 

If you’re reporting a real time issue which requires immediate attention
please call the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

 

A map of the roads for which we are responsible can be found here
[1]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk....
If the road you’re interested in isn’t on this map it will fall under the
jurisdiction of the local authority. You can find details of local
authorities using the search facility on the gov.uk website at:
[2]https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council

 

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Kind regards

 

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Dear Highways England Company Limited,

I requested an internal review of your refusal to supply me with pre-existing information on 21 May (15 working days ago). Please can you confirm you have received this request for an internal review and confirm when you will respond.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Lush

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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If you’re reporting a real time issue which requires immediate attention
please call the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

 

A map of the roads for which we are responsible can be found here
[1]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk....
If the road you’re interested in isn’t on this map it will fall under the
jurisdiction of the local authority. You can find details of local
authorities using the search facility on the gov.uk website at:
[2]https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council

 

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will be passed to the relevant team within Highways England and they will
respond to you within a maximum of 15 working days.

For more information on how we use your data please check our privacy
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Kind regards

 

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FOI Advice, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Ms Lush,

 

Thank you for your e-mail.

 

I can confirm that we did receive your request for internal review on 21
May, the review is underway and is due a response before the end of 19
June 2020.

 

Kind Regards

 

Jonathan Drysdale

Freedom of Information Officer (HE)

Information & Technology

Highways England | Piccadilly Gate | Store Street | Manchester | M1 2WD

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From: Rebecca Lush [mailto:[FOI #658877 email]]
Sent: 12 June 2020 16:24
To: Highways England <[email address]>; Highways England
<[email address]>; Highways England
<[email address]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Appraisal
Summary Tables for RIS2 road schemes

 

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

I requested an internal review of your refusal to supply me with
pre-existing information on 21 May (15 working days ago). Please can you
confirm you have received this request for an internal review and confirm
when you will respond.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Lush

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

FOI Advice, Highways England Company Limited

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Lush,

 

Please find attached the internal review ref. IR 101039 of your request
under the environmental information regulations ref. EIR 101039.

 

Kind Regards

 

Jonathan Drysdale

Freedom of Information Officer (HE)

Information & Technology

Highways England | Piccadilly Gate | Store Street | Manchester | M1 2WD

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