Emergency Active Travel Tranche 1: Cowley LTN Evaluation report data

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Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

Please provide me with the underlying data that forms the key elements of the Emergency Active Travel Tranche 1: Cowley LTN Evaluation report (included in the 24 February 2022 Cabinet member for Highways Management meeting document pack). I specifically want:

The vivacity Labs data that allowed for the comparison on road usage on the LTN boundary roads and the LTN area (both "control" and LTN areas);
Journey Time data collected via INRIX;
the bus time data provided by Stagecoach;
The Air quality data collected provided by Oxford City Council;
The emergency service response time data provided by South Central Ambulance Service; and
The Cycling telematics data, collected from Strava;

For everyone but the Cycling telematics data, please ideally provide me with the data that is at it's "cleanest" - i.e. consolidated, cleaned and reviewed - but just before the various tables and graphs that are included in the report are generated from it. That is, I ideally want to see the data that underlies the graphs, to avoid me having to process that data myself to generate essentially the same graphs and tables. Only if that is not possible would I be prepared to receive the raw data, and undertake my own analysis of it. My preferred timeframe is the same as that included in the report - and earlier (as far back as 1 January 2018) and later (up to 31 January 2022) - if that data was consolidated as part of the analysis undertaken.

For the Cycling telematics data, collected from Strava, I would prefer to see the data in an earlier stage of processing, so I can conduct my own evaluation about how, at what times, and how many, bike users are using evaluated roads from this self-selected sample.

For all data types, my preferred method of receiving it is Excel.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

1 Atodiad

Our reference: 19564 EIR

                                                            

Dear Mr Parnham,

Thank you for your correspondence received on 28 February 2022 in which
you asked for the following information:

 

Please provide me with the underlying data that forms the key elements of
the Emergency Active Travel Tranche 1: Cowley LTN Evaluation report
(included in the 24 February 2022 Cabinet member for Highways Management
meeting document pack). I specifically want:

 

The vivacity Labs data that allowed for the comparison on road usage on
the LTN boundary roads and the LTN area (both "control" and LTN areas);
Journey Time data collected via INRIX; the bus time data provided by
Stagecoach; The Air quality data collected provided by Oxford City
Council; The emergency service response time data provided by South
Central  Ambulance Service; and The Cycling telematics data, collected
from Strava;

 

For everyone but the Cycling telematics data, please ideally provide me
with the data that is at it's "cleanest" - i.e. consolidated, cleaned and
reviewed - but just before the various tables and graphs that are included
in the report are generated from it. That is, I ideally want to see the
data that underlies the graphs, to avoid me having to process that data
myself to generate essentially the same graphs and tables. Only if that is
not possible would I be prepared to receive the raw data, and undertake my
own analysis of it. My preferred timeframe is the same as that included in
the report - and earlier (as far back as 1 January 2018) and later (up to
31 January 2022) - if that data was consolidated as part of the analysis
undertaken.

 

For the Cycling telematics data, collected from Strava, I would prefer to
see the data in an earlier stage of processing,  so I can conduct my own
evaluation about how, at what times, and how many, bike users are using
evaluated roads from this self-selected sample.

 

 

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested as soon as possible and in any event within the next 20 working
days in compliance with the Environmental Information Regulations
2004/Freedom of Information Act 2000, unless an exception applies. This
means that the council will respond to you by the end of 29 March 2022 at
the latest.

 

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know.

 

Please contact me if you have any have further enquiries about your
request. I would be grateful if you could quote the reference number given
at the top of this email.

 

Kind regards

Renata Malinowski

 

Freedom of Information Support Officer

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Oxfordshire County Council

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FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

Our reference: 19564 EIR

 

Dear Mr Parnham,

 

I am writing to update you on your request 19564 EIR.

 

Unfortunately, the Council is unable to supply you with a response to this
request yet. Please accept the Council’s apologies for the delay.

 

Please be assured that the Council is actively working on this request and
will update you very soon.

 

As the Council has not met the statutory deadline for responding to this
request, you do have the right to request an Internal Review now. However,
you may wish to reserve your right to do this until you have received and
considered the Council’s response.

 

If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact
us at this address.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

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Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

This data is now substantially overdue. When will it arrive?

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

Richard Parnham

Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Oxfordshire County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Emergency Active Travel Tranche 1: Cowley LTN Evaluation report data'.

My previous request for an internal review does not appear to have been actioned. This data request is is now substantially overdue. When will I receive this data?

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

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

FOI Team, Oxfordshire County Council

Dear Mr Parnham,

Thank you for your email.

Having checked our correspondence regarding your initial request I can see that we have yet to send the response to 19564 EIR, my sincere apologies for the delay. This is now being checked and I hope to send to you as soon as possible. You may like to wait for the response before asking for an internal review.

Kind regards
Renata

Renata Malinowski
Freedom of Information Support Officer

Voice of the Customer Team
Customers and Organisational Development

Oxfordshire County Council
Email: FOI-E&[email address]
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Richard Parnham

Dear FOI Team,

I am content to hold off from asking for an internal review, now that I know my query is (finally) being dealt with. Apart from anything, this approach gives me the freedom to request an internal review at a later date if I do receive a satisfactory response to my substantive request.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Parnham

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

4 Atodiad

 Our reference:  19564 EIR

 

 

Dear Mr Parnham,

 

Thank you for your request of 28 February 2022 in which you asked for the
following information and our sincere apologies for the delay:

 

 

Please provide me with the underlying data that forms the key elements of
the Emergency Active Travel Tranche 1: Cowley LTN Evaluation report
(included in the 24 February 2022 Cabinet member for Highways Management
meeting document pack). I specifically want:

 

The vivacity Labs data that allowed for the comparison on road usage on
the LTN boundary roads and the LTN area (both "control" and LTN areas);
Journey Time data collected via INRIX; the bus time data provided by
Stagecoach; The Air quality data collected provided by Oxford City
Council; The emergency service response time data provided by South
Central  Ambulance Service; and The Cycling telematics data, collected
from Strava;

 

For everyone but the Cycling telematics data, please ideally provide me
with the data that is at its "cleanest" - i.e. consolidated, cleaned and
reviewed - but just before the various tables and graphs that are included
in the report are generated from it. That is, I ideally want to see the
data that underlies the graphs, to avoid me having to process that data
myself to generate essentially the same graphs and tables. Only if that is
not possible would I be prepared to receive the raw data and undertake my
own analysis of it. My preferred timeframe is the same as that included in
the report - and earlier (as far back as 1 January 2018) and later (up to
31 January 2022) - if that data was consolidated as part of the analysis
undertaken.

 

For the Cycling telematics data, collected from Strava, I would prefer to
see the data in an earlier stage of processing, so I can conduct my own
evaluation about how, at what times, and how many, bike users are using
evaluated roads from this self-selected sample.

 

 

With regards to the South-Central Ambulance Service:

 

The Council does not hold the raw data for this – only the analysis was
shared with the Council.

 

Re bus times from stagecoach: Please find attached the data provided in
file – LTN Data Request (Stagecoach)

 

Re air quality data: Please find attached the data provided in file – AQ
Cowley LTNs

 

Re Vivacity Lab camera data: Please find attached the data provided in 2
files:

 

 1. Traffic counts within LTN in file – LTN traffic counts with comparison
EIR
 2. Traffic counts on boundary routes in file – Cowley VL traffic counts
with raw data

 

In these files, cells have been highlighted where values have been
discounted (i.e. where a day’s traffic count was less than 10% of that
sensor’s usual daily average for that month – yellow or orange), or where
data has been extrapolated where it was missing (purple).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re Inrix & Strava data:

 

The Council is withholding this information because it considers that it
falls within the exception contained in Regulation 12(5)(e) of the
Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).

 

Regulation 12(5)(e) states: -

 

12 (5) For the purposes of paragraph (1) (a), a public authority may
refuse to disclose information to the extent that its disclosure would
adversely affect –

(e) the confidentiality of commercial or industrial information where such
confidentiality is provided by law to protect a legitimate economic
interest”.

 

The exception is engaged because this is information is:

 

• commercial in nature;
• protected by law through the common law of confidence (as it is not
trivial and has not been released into the public domain) as well as
through the contractual obligations of confidence;
• The confidentiality is protecting a legitimate economic interest; and
• The confidentiality would be adversely affected by disclosure.

 

The Council has entered into contractual obligations with the commercial
providers of these datasets not to share the raw data with third parties,
due to commercial sensitivity. Release of the information would negatively
affect the legitimate economic interests of the provider by revealing
sensitive information or information that is of potential value to
competitors into the public domain.

 

The Council was obliged to consider the Public Interest Test (PIT); in
doing so, it reached the conclusion that it was in the public interest to
maintain the exception under Regulation 12(5)(e) and withhold the
information. The following arguments were considered as part of the PIT:

 

Factors for disclosure

 

 1. There is a presumption in favour of disclosure under the EIR;
 2. Releasing this information may promote transparency and increase
public awareness of issues of an environmental nature and in the
decisions the Council has made; and
 3. There is a considerable public interest in this matter.

 

Factors against disclosure  

 

 1. The likelihood of commercial damage being caused to third parties
through a disclosure of information they consider commercially
sensitive would adversely affect the relationship between the Council
and third parties and would break contractual obligations with these
entities.
 2. Disclosure of this information would be detrimental to the ability to
build a strong partnership with third parties to the benefit of the
provision of the services and the achievement of improvements in the
interests of the taxpayers.
 3. It is in the interest of the Oxfordshire taxpayer that the Council’s
contractors remain commercially viable businesses, so it is in a
position to provide the contracted services over a long term.

 

Having considered these arguments, the Council considers that the public
interest lies in withholding this information.

 

 

 

Internal review

If you are dissatisfied with the service or response to your request, you
can ask for an internal review as follows:

 

• Contact the Freedom of Information team in Law & Governance:

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If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

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Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

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Please let me know if you have further enquiries. I would be grateful if
you could use the reference number given at the top of this email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Katie Parnell

Policy and Strategic Planning Innovation Lead

Innovation Hub (iHUB)

Oxfordshire County Council

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