Asbestos survey report for Brixton station

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Transport for London,
please would it be possible to see the Asbestos Survey report for Brixton station?

Yours faithfully,

Louis smith

FOI, Transport for London

 

 

 

Dear Mr Smith

                                                                                                       

TfL Ref: 0328-2021

 

Thank you for your request received by us on 16 May 2021 asking for
information about Brixton station and an asbestos survey.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy. 

 

Unfortunately, from the description provided, we are unable to identify
the information you require.

 

To enable us to assist with your request, please can you confirm if you
mean Brixton tube station or Brixton rail station.

 

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held by Transport for London. There are limits on the time that we are
required to spend determining whether we hold the information you are
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request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear FOI,
Brixton tube station

Yours sincerely,

Louis smith

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Smith

 

TfL Ref  0328-2021/22

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 17
May 2021 asking for information about an asbestos survey for Brixton tube
station.

 

Please think carefully about whether the request is essential at this
current time, as answering FOI requests will require the use of limited
resources and the attention of staff who could be supporting other
essential activity. Where requests are made, please note that our response
time may be impacted by the current situation and so you may wish to
reconsider the timing of this request. Please notify us as soon as
possible if you would like to withdraw your request at the current time.

 

Should you wish to proceed with the request we will aim to issue a
response by 14 June 2021 in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and our information access policy.

 

We publish a substantial range of information on our website on subjects
including operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data,
governance and our financial performance. This includes data which is
frequently asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[2]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

FOI, Transport for London

2 Atodiad

Email 1 of 2

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

TfL Ref 0328-2021/22

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 17
May 2021 asking for information about an asbestos survey for Brixton tube
station.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access
policy. I can confirm that we hold the information you require.

 

Please find attached the asbestos survey report for Brixton Underground
station as requested. You will note that the report lists a significant
quantity of asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The reason for this is
that this station was constructed in the 1960’s when asbestos was used
extensively within the construction industry. Although a considerable
amount of asbestos removal work has been undertaken, the majority that
remains is in inaccessible locations with minimal risk of disturbance,
such as sealed within wall cavities. This makes full removal impracticable
without demolishing the station building.

 

Asbestos is found throughout the Underground; in Public Areas the vast
majority of ACMs are contained behind station finishes and cannot be
accessed by the general public. Where areas of ACMs interface with the
general public they are in a position where they cause no risk to the
general public or staff. All stations accessed by the public and staff are
re-inspected on a periodic basis to ensure that no adverse damage has been
caused to change this status. If it is assessed and the status has changed
for any reason, then a risk assessment is undertaken which will result in
either encapsulation, encasement, or removal.

 

We have processes and procedures in place to ensure that the management of
asbestos is carried out in compliance with the Control of Asbestos
Regulations 2012. Some of the main requirements that London Underground
deliver under this regulation are listed below:

o Identify the location and condition of hazardous materials
o Maintain an asbestos register with known, presumed or strongly
presumed asbestos
o Assess and manage the risk of exposure
o Prepare, implement, review & monitor the management plan to manage the
risks
o Regularly inspect known instances of asbestos
o Provide information on the location and condition of the material to
anyone who is likely to disturb it
o Carry out management, refurbishment and / or pre-demolition surveys
when required
o Carry out airborne fibre monitoring where necessary
o Maintain records detailing when and where asbestos is removed, treated
and disposed
o Request and retain Waste Consignment Note upon transportation of
Hazardous Materials to Hazardous Waste Landfill site
o Hold relevant Asbestos Management Qualifications

 

It is London Underground’s policy to continue to safely manage Asbestos
Containing Materials (ACMs) in-situ, through continued management surveys,
re-inspections, risk assessments and pre-work Refurbishment & Demolition
(R&D) surveys. We also carry out airborne fibre monitoring for asbestos as
reassurance during work on or near to asbestos containing materials.

 

Please note that in accordance with TfL’s obligations under the Data
Protection legislation some personal data has been removed, as required by
Regulation 13 of the Environmental Information Regulations. This is
because disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the
legislation, specifically the first principle of the legislation, which
requires all processing of personal data to be fair and lawful. It would
not be fair to disclose this personal information when the individuals
have no expectation it would be disclosed and TfL has not satisfied one of
the conditions of Schedule 2 which would make the processing ‘fair’.

 

Please also note that we have redacted the station layout drawings
contained in pages 307-315 (inclusive) of the report as these pages
contain information which could adversely affect national security or
public safety (in line with regulation 12(5)(a) of the Environmental
Information Regulations – which includes an exception to the release of
material that would adversely affect the security of public buildings).
The redacted information contains detailed diagrams showing the station
layout and the location of and access into, non-public areas of the
station and its release could place members of the public and TfL staff at
risk by highlighting areas on the network which could be susceptible to
being targeted by individuals intent on causing disruption or harm to the
London Underground network.

 

In this instance the exception has been applied as disclosure of this
information could assist any persons wishing to disrupt London’s transport
infrastructure by placing into the public domain information which would
otherwise not be available via other means. Whilst we make no suggestion
that you would use this information for anything other than you own
interest, disclosure of information under the EIR has to be regarded as a
disclosure to the public at large.

 

The application of exception 12(5)(a) has been subject to consideration of
the ‘Public Interest Test’ (in essence, consideration of whether the
greater public interest lies in applying the exception or in releasing the
material in any case). While we appreciate the expectation of transparency
from public bodies, in this instance we consider that the greater public
interest rests in withholding the excepted material (which is relatively
limited) to ensure the security of the site.

 

If you are considering submitting a further FOI request please think
carefully about whether the request is essential at this current time, as
answering FOI requests will require the use of limited resources and the
attention of staff who could be supporting other essential activity. Where
requests are made, please note that our response time may be impacted by
the current situation.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

From: FOI
Sent: 18 May 2021 10:40
To: 'Louis' <[1][FOI #755730 email]>
Subject: RE: new foi ref 0328-2122 CRM:0138094

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

TfL Ref 0328-2021/22

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 17
May 2021 asking for information about an asbestos survey for Brixton tube
station.

 

Please think carefully about whether the request is essential at this
current time, as answering FOI requests will require the use of limited
resources and the attention of staff who could be supporting other
essential activity. Where requests are made, please note that our response
time may be impacted by the current situation and so you may wish to
reconsider the timing of this request. Please notify us as soon as
possible if you would like to withdraw your request at the current time.

 

Should you wish to proceed with the request we will aim to issue a
response by 14 June 2021 in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and our information access policy.

 

We publish a substantial range of information on our website on subjects
including operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data,
governance and our financial performance. This includes data which is
frequently asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[2]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[3]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

Dear Transport for London,

please would it be possible to see the Asbestos Survey report for Brixton
station?

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

 

References

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1. mailto:[FOI #755730 email]
2. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar...
3. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/
4. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tfl/

FOI, Transport for London

2 Atodiad

 

Email 2 of 2

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

TfL Ref 0328-2021/22

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 17
May 2021 asking for information about an asbestos survey for Brixton tube
station.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access
policy. I can confirm that we hold the information you require.

 

Please find attached the asbestos survey report for Brixton Underground
station as requested. You will note that the report lists a significant
quantity of asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The reason for this is
that this station was constructed in the 1960’s when asbestos was used
extensively within the construction industry. Although a considerable
amount of asbestos removal work has been undertaken, the majority that
remains is in inaccessible locations with minimal risk of disturbance,
such as sealed within wall cavities. This makes full removal impracticable
without demolishing the station building.

 

Asbestos is found throughout the Underground; in Public Areas the vast
majority of ACMs are contained behind station finishes and cannot be
accessed by the general public. Where areas of ACMs interface with the
general public they are in a position where they cause no risk to the
general public or staff. All stations accessed by the public and staff are
re-inspected on a periodic basis to ensure that no adverse damage has been
caused to change this status. If it is assessed and the status has changed
for any reason, then a risk assessment is undertaken which will result in
either encapsulation, encasement, or removal.

 

We have processes and procedures in place to ensure that the management of
asbestos is carried out in compliance with the Control of Asbestos
Regulations 2012. Some of the main requirements that London Underground
deliver under this regulation are listed below:

o Identify the location and condition of hazardous materials
o Maintain an asbestos register with known, presumed or strongly
presumed asbestos
o Assess and manage the risk of exposure
o Prepare, implement, review & monitor the management plan to manage the
risks
o Regularly inspect known instances of asbestos
o Provide information on the location and condition of the material to
anyone who is likely to disturb it
o Carry out management, refurbishment and / or pre-demolition surveys
when required
o Carry out airborne fibre monitoring where necessary
o Maintain records detailing when and where asbestos is removed, treated
and disposed
o Request and retain Waste Consignment Note upon transportation of
Hazardous Materials to Hazardous Waste Landfill site
o Hold relevant Asbestos Management Qualifications

 

It is London Underground’s policy to continue to safely manage Asbestos
Containing Materials (ACMs) in-situ, through continued management surveys,
re-inspections, risk assessments and pre-work Refurbishment & Demolition
(R&D) surveys. We also carry out airborne fibre monitoring for asbestos as
reassurance during work on or near to asbestos containing materials.

 

Please note that in accordance with TfL’s obligations under the Data
Protection legislation some personal data has been removed, as required by
Regulation 13 of the Environmental Information Regulations. This is
because disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the
legislation, specifically the first principle of the legislation, which
requires all processing of personal data to be fair and lawful. It would
not be fair to disclose this personal information when the individuals
have no expectation it would be disclosed and TfL has not satisfied one of
the conditions of Schedule 2 which would make the processing ‘fair’.

 

Please also note that we have redacted the station layout drawings
contained in pages 307-315 (inclusive) of the report as these pages
contain information which could adversely affect national security or
public safety (in line with regulation 12(5)(a) of the Environmental
Information Regulations – which includes an exception to the release of
material that would adversely affect the security of public buildings).
The redacted information contains detailed diagrams showing the station
layout and the location of and access into, non-public areas of the
station and its release could place members of the public and TfL staff at
risk by highlighting areas on the network which could be susceptible to
being targeted by individuals intent on causing disruption or harm to the
London Underground network.

 

In this instance the exception has been applied as disclosure of this
information could assist any persons wishing to disrupt London’s transport
infrastructure by placing into the public domain information which would
otherwise not be available via other means. Whilst we make no suggestion
that you would use this information for anything other than you own
interest, disclosure of information under the EIR has to be regarded as a
disclosure to the public at large.

 

The application of exception 12(5)(a) has been subject to consideration of
the ‘Public Interest Test’ (in essence, consideration of whether the
greater public interest lies in applying the exception or in releasing the
material in any case). While we appreciate the expectation of transparency
from public bodies, in this instance we consider that the greater public
interest rests in withholding the excepted material (which is relatively
limited) to ensure the security of the site.

 

If you are considering submitting a further FOI request please think
carefully about whether the request is essential at this current time, as
answering FOI requests will require the use of limited resources and the
attention of staff who could be supporting other essential activity. Where
requests are made, please note that our response time may be impacted by
the current situation.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

From: FOI
Sent: 18 May 2021 10:40
To: 'Louis' <[1][FOI #755730 email]>
Subject: RE: new foi ref 0328-2122 CRM:0138094

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

TfL Ref 0328-2021/22

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 17
May 2021 asking for information about an asbestos survey for Brixton tube
station.

 

Please think carefully about whether the request is essential at this
current time, as answering FOI requests will require the use of limited
resources and the attention of staff who could be supporting other
essential activity. Where requests are made, please note that our response
time may be impacted by the current situation and so you may wish to
reconsider the timing of this request. Please notify us as soon as
possible if you would like to withdraw your request at the current time.

 

Should you wish to proceed with the request we will aim to issue a
response by 14 June 2021 in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and our information access policy.

 

We publish a substantial range of information on our website on subjects
including operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data,
governance and our financial performance. This includes data which is
frequently asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[2]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[3]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

Dear Transport for London,

please would it be possible to see the Asbestos Survey report for Brixton
station?

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

 

References

Visible links
1. mailto:[FOI #755730 email]
2. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar...
3. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/
4. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tfl/