iBus and Underground Announcements

Lewis Hawklein made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Transport for London

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Dear FOI Team @ Transport for London

Please could I receive a iBus & Underground Announcements on CD.

I am a enthusiast and would love to listen to the Announcements and gather Inspiration for a fictional System. The Underground is a Marvel of engineering and logistics.

Thank you,
Lewis Hawklein

(This will be used for PRIVATE use only, I understand that TFL have the right to copyright their works.)

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Hawklein

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0621-1617

 

Thank you for your e-mail received on 17 June 2016 asking for a copy of
the iBus and London Underground announcements.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy.

 

A response will be provided to you by 18 July 2016. If you could please
send the postal address you would like the CD sent to FOI(@)tfl.gov.uk.
Please note that as whatdotheyknow.com is a public website you may wish to
send your address details from a private e-mail address so that it does
not appear on the website.

 

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.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
feel free to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[2][TfL request email]

 

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Hawklein

Our Ref: FOI-0621-1617

Thank you for providing your address details. A response will be provided in due course.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[TfL request email]

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Hawklein

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0621-1617

 

Thank you for your e-mail received on 17 June 2016 asking for a copy of
the iBus and London Underground announcements.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you require.

 

A CD containing the iBus announcements has been sent to you in the post.

 

It should be noted that the iBus announcements are recorded as fragments.
As a result, some announcements would not feature in full as the full
announcement would just be made up of two or more fragments that have
already been recorded.

 

Please also note that while access to this material will be provided to
you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you are not granted any
rights to any of the intellectual property that exists in it or granted
any permission to make secondary uses of it.

 

TfL owns all intellectual property (including, without limitation,
copyright) in the material supplied and will defend such rights.

 

If you wish to make any secondary use of the material provided, you must
first obtain the consent of TfL (which may be withheld) and, if consent is
granted, a fee may be charged, in accordance with the terms of the Reuse
of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.

 

In accordance with the FOI Act, TfL is not obliged to supply the audio
files for London Underground’s Tube announcements as the information is
subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information
under section 43(2).

 

In this instance section 43(2) has been applied as disclosure of the
information requested would be likely to prejudice the commercial
interests of TfL and/or Global Services Ltd. The recordings in question
were provided to London Underground from Global Services Ltd under a
signed contract which contained explicit conditions concerning disclosure
and distribution.

 

The contract specifies that the recordings are solely to be used for the
purpose for which they were created and for broadcast on the London
Underground network only. If TfL were to disclose these recordings in
response to an FOI request, it would constitute an actionable breach of
contract and would be likely to result in a valid legal claim against
London Underground or the license to use the recordings being withdrawn,
which would impose additional, unnecessary, costs. TfL wishes to protect
its commercial interests and ability to participate in future commercial
activity. The disclosure of this information would be to the detriment of
present and future business activities for both parties.

 

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. TfL
recognises the need for openness and transparency within public
authorities and the degree of public interest concerning London transport
announcements in light of the recent disclosure of iBus announcements.
However, in this instance this is outweighed by the damage that would be
done to TfL’s ability to use these recordings and any future contractual
negotiations that may take place regarding the London Underground
announcements.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please feel free 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

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

 

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