London Underground Announcements

The authority would like to / has responded by postal mail to this request.

Dear Transport for London,

Please can you send me a CD containing the announcements of the following services:

- London Underground train announcements (all lines)
- London Underground Station announcements (as many as possible)
- TfL Rail announcements
- New Woolwich Ferries announcements

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

C Deacy

FOI, Transport for London

Dear C Deacy

 

Our ref: FOI-2799-1920/GH

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 14
December 2019 asking for a CD of announcements.

 

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

 

In order to send you a CD we will need your postal address. Please provide
this by emailing us direct at FOI @ tfl.gov.uk (no spaces), quoting the
reference above.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[1]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

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

 

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Dear Mr Hurt,

I have sent an email containing my postal address to the email listed above.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

C Deacy

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear C Deacy

 

Our Ref:  FOI-2799-1920/GH

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 14
December 2019 asking for copies of 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 Crossrail, Woolwich Ferry and some London Underground
announcements has been sent to you in the post.

 

On train announcements for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines have
been provided. The Northern line audio files contain historical as well as
current announcements. You will note the Piccadilly line announcements are
supplied as PCC files which may need specialist software to play them.
This format is the only version we currently have available.

 

Please also note that while the Jubilee and Piccadilly announcements are
recorded as full statements specifically for each station, Northern line
announcements are recorded as segmented phrases joined into full sentences
by the train management system (TMS).

 

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.

 

With regards to the London Underground station announcements, and the on
train announcements for other lines, we are not obliged to supply these
audio files 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 the company used to provide the recordings. The
recordings in question were provided to London Underground under a signed
contracts which contained explicit conditions concerning disclosure and
distribution.

 

These contracts specify 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

 

Graham Hurt

 

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

 

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Dear Mr Hurt,

Many thanks for your reply. I look forward to receiving the CD and will let you know in due course when it arrives.

Yours sincerely,

C Deacy