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Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Please could you send me (as attachments) the latest Appraisal Summary Tables (ASTs) for the following road schemes in RIS2:

N1 A1 Morpeth to Ellingham
N6 A19 Down Hill Lane
N8 A1 Birtley to Coal House
N9 A66 Northern Trans-Pennine
N12 M6 South Lancaster Growth Catalyst J33a (HIF)
N14 A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
N26 M60/M62/M66 Simister Island
N28 A61 Westwood Roundabout
N30 A5036 Princess Way
N31 Mottram Moor Link Road & A57 Link Road
N38 M6 Junction 19
C2 A46 Newark Bypass
C6 A38 Derby Junctions
C16 M54-M6 Link Road
C19 A5 Dodwells to Longshoot
C21 M42 Junction 6
C23 A46 Coventry Junctions
E1 A47 North Tuddenham to Easton
E21 A120 Tendring / Colchester Borders Garden Community (HIF)
E2 A47 Blofield to North Burlingham
E22 A12 Colchester / Braintree Borders Garden Community (HIF)
E4 A47 Great Yarmouth Junctions
E24 A12 Chelmsford to A120
E5 A47 Thickthorn Junction
E26 M11 Junction 7a
E7 A47 Guyhirn Junction
E27 M25 Junction 25
E8 A47 Wansford to Sutton
E28 M25 Junction 28
E14 A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet
E30 Lower Thames Crossing
E16 A5 Towcester Relief Road
S1 M5 Junction 10 and Link Road (Gloucestershire) (HIF)
S27 A358 Taunton to Southfields
S2 A417 Air Balloon
S31 M27 Junction 8
S10 A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet
S32 A31 Ringwood
S11 A249: Swale Transport Infrastructure (HIF)
S33 A27 East of Lewes Package
S12 M2 Junction 5
S35 A27 Arundel Bypass
S13 M25 Junction 10
S37 A27 Worthing and Lancing Improvements
S21 A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge)
S40 A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross
S23 M3 Junction 9
S24 A303 Sparkford to Ilchester

Please could you also supply me with the links to where these ASTs are publicly available?

I have narrowed my request to my previous request of 11 April as I no longer wish you to provide a break down of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and NOx emissions into HGVs and other vehicles. I simply wish to have the most recent ASTs for schemes in RIS2 . These are important but short documents, supplied to ministers to aid decision making.

The pre-existing ASTs for each road scheme contain considerable information that is manifestly in the public interest, including the environmental impacts, the carbon emissions and the air pollution impacts. There is enormous public interest in the environmental impacts of transport, especially the carbon impacts, as acknowledged in the Secretary of State's foreword in Department for Transport's consultation Decarbonising Transport: setting the challenge. It is very much in the public interest for the public to know the current estimate of the carbon impacts of transport schemes which will be funded with public money.

As the ASTs include information within the scope of the Environmental Information Regulations, I wish the request to be treated as made pursuant to those regulations.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Lush

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Goddard, Jenny, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Rebecca Lush

 

I am writing regarding your request for information, received on 24 June
2020 where you ask for the Appraisal Summary Tables for 48 separate road
schemes.

 

Highways England is committed to wider government transparency and helping
people obtain the information they are looking for. Unfortunately, in this
case the amount of information you have requested remains substantial.
Gathering it together would still involve a significant cost and diversion
of resources from other work. Therefore, your request has been refused
under the exception in Regulation 12(4)b of the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 covering requests that are manifestly unreasonable.

 

While we have refused your request, this would not prevent us from
providing information to a more focused request in the future, for example
a reduction in the number of schemes you would like the AST information on
(no more than 10 schemes).

 

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days for Environmental Information
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Please let me know if you have any queries or require a print copy,
quoting reference number EIR 101203

 

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Jenny Goddard

Major Projects Delivery Services

Highways England | Woodlands | Manton Lane | Bedford | MK41 7LW
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Please stay safe!

 

From: Rebecca Lush <[3][FOI #672369 email]>
Sent: 24 June 2020 15:46
To: CCC <[4][Highways England request email]>; Highways England
<[5][Highways England request email]>; Main Inbox
<[6][Highways England request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Appraisal Summary Tables for
road schemes in RIS2

 

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Please could you send me (as attachments) the latest Appraisal Summary
Tables (ASTs) for the following road schemes in RIS2:

N1 A1 Morpeth to Ellingham
N6 A19 Down Hill Lane
N8 A1 Birtley to Coal House
N9 A66 Northern Trans-Pennine
N12 M6 South Lancaster Growth Catalyst J33a (HIF)
N14 A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
N26 M60/M62/M66 Simister Island
N28 A61 Westwood Roundabout
N30 A5036 Princess Way
N31 Mottram Moor Link Road & A57 Link Road
N38 M6 Junction 19
C2 A46 Newark Bypass
C6 A38 Derby Junctions
C16 M54-M6 Link Road
C19 A5 Dodwells to Longshoot
C21 M42 Junction 6
C23 A46 Coventry Junctions
E1 A47 North Tuddenham to Easton
E21 A120 Tendring / Colchester Borders Garden Community (HIF)
E2 A47 Blofield to North Burlingham
E22 A12 Colchester / Braintree Borders Garden Community (HIF)
E4 A47 Great Yarmouth Junctions
E24 A12 Chelmsford to A120
E5 A47 Thickthorn Junction
E26 M11 Junction 7a
E7 A47 Guyhirn Junction
E27 M25 Junction 25
E8 A47 Wansford to Sutton
E28 M25 Junction 28
E14 A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet
E30 Lower Thames Crossing
E16 A5 Towcester Relief Road
S1 M5 Junction 10 and Link Road (Gloucestershire) (HIF)
S27 A358 Taunton to Southfields
S2 A417 Air Balloon
S31 M27 Junction 8
S10 A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet
S32 A31 Ringwood
S11 A249: Swale Transport Infrastructure (HIF)
S33 A27 East of Lewes Package
S12 M2 Junction 5
S35 A27 Arundel Bypass
S13 M25 Junction 10
S37 A27 Worthing and Lancing Improvements
S21 A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge)
S40 A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross
S23 M3 Junction 9
S24 A303 Sparkford to Ilchester

Please could you also supply me with the links to where these ASTs are
publicly available?

I have narrowed my request to my previous request of 11 April as I no
longer wish you to provide a break down of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and NOx
emissions into HGVs and other vehicles. I simply wish to have the most
recent ASTs for schemes in RIS2 . These are important but short documents,
supplied to ministers to aid decision making.

The pre-existing ASTs for each road scheme contain considerable
information that is manifestly in the public interest, including the
environmental impacts, the carbon emissions and the air pollution impacts.
There is enormous public interest in the environmental impacts of
transport, especially the carbon impacts, as acknowledged in the Secretary
of State's foreword in Department for Transport's consultation
Decarbonising Transport: setting the challenge. It is very much in the
public interest for the public to know the current estimate of the carbon
impacts of transport schemes which will be funded with public money.

As the ASTs include information within the scope of the Environmental
Information Regulations, I wish the request to be treated as made pursuant
to those regulations.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Lush

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Dear Highways England Company Limited,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Highways England Company Limited's handling of my FOI request 'Appraisal Summary Tables for road schemes in RIS2'.

On 11 April I previously asked for 1) the Appraisal Summary Tables (ASTs) for the road schemes in the controversial Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2), and 2) a breakdown of the CO2 and NOx emissions by vehicle type. My request was refused under Regulation 12(4)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations.

I then submitted this new request on 24 June, narrowing it down so I was just asking for the ASTs (request 1 of the previous request), and not asking for the breakdown of emissions by vehicle type (request 2 of the previous request). I have again been refused using Regulation 12(4)(b) of the EIRs. It was suggested that I should ask for the ASTs of just 10 schemes.

I would like an internal review of this decision because I do not believe the request is "manifestly unreasonable". On the contrary I think it is entirely reasonable and is strongly in the public interest.

The ASTs are pre-existing documents. An AST is produced for every scheme, to assist ministers with decision making. I am not requesting Highways England create new documents. I am simply asking HE to publish documents it already holds.

The ASTs contain a short summary of the key impacts - economic and environmental - of a scheme. They contain information about the carbon impact of the scheme over the 60 year appraisal period. The ASTs are a 1-2 page document. They already exist and are very short basic documents. They are also key documents. It is not an onerous or "unreasonable" task for Highways England to release them into them into the public domain.

There are 48 schemes in the RIS2 roads programme. To be able to assess the carbon impacts of the RIS2 programme it is essential to have all 48 ASTs. There are not 10 schemes in RIS2. It would be pointless to supply just 10 ASTs as it would not be possible to establish the total and cumulative impact of the RIS2 programme. I have already narrowed my request to simply asking for the ASTs, and not asking for any breakdown of emissions by vehicle type.

Climate change is the most important environmental issue of our time, as acknowledged in the Secretary of State's foreword in the Department for Transport's consultation Decarbonising Transport: setting the challenge. It is of enormous public interest that the carbon impacts of the RIS2 programme are known and understood. It would be straight forward for Highways England to gather these short and critical documents together electronically. This is not an unreasonable or onerous request.

I believe Highways England is being deliberately obstructive and is exaggerating the minimal work required to gather together 48 key but very short documents. The 48 schemes are the capital enhancements programme part of RIS2. Delivering RIS2 is key Highways England's work and it is not credible that the ASTs for RIS2 schemes are not easily available electronically to Highways England. They exist already, please release them and stop hiding the carbon impacts of these schemes.

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

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Lush

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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jurisdiction of the local authority. You can find details of local
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Please find attached the internal review ref IR 101203 of your request
ref. EIR 101203.

 

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Jonathan Drysdale

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