Announcements

Kendrick Osuala made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

Please could you send me a CD of the London Underground, DLR and Mind The Gap announcements.
I am a huge fan of the London Transportation and I really love the announcements.

I do live outside the UK, in Europe. My postal address will be provided to the FOI email address once a reference is provided.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Kendrick Osuala

Samuel Johnson left an annotation ()

They only give out the following announcements:

• Bus ibus announcements
• Croydon Tram onboard announcements
• Ferry services (Riverbus Ferries)
• Ferry services (Woolwich Ferries)
• London Overground onboard announcements
• London Overground station announcements
• London Underground Jubilee/Northern/Piccadilly line announcements
• TFL Rail (Crossrail class 345) onboard announcements

All of the other London Underground announcements come under copyright problems so they won't give them out. The DLR ones are all text to speech so i don't believe that they have any way to send out those either.

Also they will probably ask for you to send your address to them by email but email addresses don't show up on this website as this site seems to block them.

So the email address you need to send your address to if they ask you to is:

foi at tfl dot gov dot uk

Replace the "at" with "@" and replace both the "dot" with "." and that is their email.

Hope this helps.

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Osuala

 

TfL Ref: 2786-1819

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 21
January 2019 asking for information about some of our announcements.

 

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

 

A response will be sent to you by 18 February 2019.  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.

 

Please bear in mind that you may want to use a personal email address when
you send your postal address details rather than the WDTK public site.

 

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

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Osuala

 

TfL Ref: 2786-1819

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 21
January 2019 asking for information about some 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 do hold the information you require. You asked for a CD of the
London Underground, DLR and Mind The Gap announcements.

 

A CD containing the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly line stock
announcements and the Mind The Gap announcements will be sent to you once
we receive your postal address. We suggest that you use a personal email
address to send us the information from rather than the public What Do
They Know website for privacy reasons.

 

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). 
The Northern line audio files contain historical as well as current
announcements.

 

While access to these announcements has been 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 the other London Underground lines’ 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.

 

DLR

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

 

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