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Adam made this Freedom of Information 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.

The request was successful.

3 December 2014

Dear Transport for London,

Please would you be able to send me a CD Of iBus & London
Overground
Announcements for my own personal use? I would be happy to provide
a postal address when requested.

Yours faithfully,

Adam

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Adam

TfL Ref: FOI-1485-1415

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 3 December 2014 asking for information about iBus and London Overground announcements.

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. Could you please provide your full name and address and we will ensure the requested recordings are sent out. Our contact details can be found at the following link: www.tfl.gov.uk/foi

A response will be provided to you by 6 January.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Lee Hill
FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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Dear FOI,
Pulse could you process my inquiry

Yours sincerely,

Adam

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Adam,

As mentioned in my email of 4 December, we require your full name and a postal address to be able to supply the recordings.

Once we have received this I can continue to process your request. Our direct contact details can be found at the following link: www.tfl.gov.uk/foi

Yours sincerely

Lee Hill
FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Kroll

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1485-1415 & FOI-1635-1415

 

Thank you for your emails received by Transport for London (TfL) asking
for information about TfL audio recordings.

 

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

 

CDs containing the iBus and London Overground audio announcements have
been sent to the postal address you provided previously.

 

Please 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 do not hesitate 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

 

Lee Hill

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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