London Underground Tube, DLR and Overground Announcements

Jake made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Transport for London

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

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Dear Transport for London,

Could I please have a copy of the Audio Files for the announcements used on the London Underground Trains (S Stock), Overground Trains, DLR and at stations. I am a Tube enthusiast and I would like to use them in a project.

I will be happy to provide my email address, just not on this website where everyone can see it.

Thanks Very Much!

Yours faithfully,
Jake

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Jake

 

Our Ref:         FOI-2441-1718

 

Thank you for your e-mail received on 27 November 2017 asking for a copy
of our announcements.

 

Section 8(1) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) sets out the
requirements of a valid request for information and states that a request
must, amongst other things, “state the name of the applicant and an
address for correspondence.” If you could please provide your full name
then we will be able to process your request.

 

If you could please also send your postal address to FOI @ tfl.gov.uk (no
spaces). 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.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

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Dear FOI,
I have sent you an email from the address, [email address]

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,
Jake

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Hunter

 

Our Ref:         FOI-2441-1718

 

Thank you for your e-mail received on 27 November 2017 asking for a copy
of our 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 hold some of the information you require.

 

A CD containing the London Overground announcements has been sent to you
in the post. Announcements used on the services that London Overground
took over from Abellio Greater Anglia on 31 May 2015 are not held as audio
files. They are held on a server and we access them through existing
server and rolling stock. I can confirm that we have no current plans to
create any new recordings.

 

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 regard to the DLR audio announcements for the trains and stations, we
do not hold this information. The on train announcements for DLR are not
held in any central repository and are not ‘recorded ‘ as such. These are
done digitally as needed by typing them into a system, combining
previously typed announcements where necessary. It is therefore not
possible to provide an audio recording, as requested. The station
announcements are held on a central system but not in a form that allows
them to be distributed.

 

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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