Class 800 and Class 801 old original automated announcements sound files.

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Dear London North Eastern Railway Limited,

I am writing to you under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000 to request a copy of your old original class 800/801 automated announcements sound files please.

I was reading another persons FOIA request to you on the WDTK website here:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

In that request you stated that the original 800/801 announcements were recorded under Virgin Trains control but that the female voice was way too bubbly sounding so you changed it to the current Justine Harris announcements.

So i am wondering if you could please kindly attach the sound files of these original 800/801 announcements that were recorded under Virgin Trains control before you had switched it to the current Justine Harris announcements.

I know your current Justine Harris announcements are already published but i am hoping to get a copy of all of these old sound files before you switched to the current ones.

Thank you for your help with this and i look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

John Taylor

FOI, London North Eastern Railway Limited

Hi John
We don’t unfortunately hold the old sound files, you could potentially ask
Stagecoach but they aren’t subject to FOI. 
I’m answering this one very quickly purely as I know the answer having
asked before
Kind regards
Abigail 
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From: John Taylor <[FOI #997608 email]>
Sent: Saturday, July 1, 2023 9:50:24 PM
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Class 800 and Class 801 old
original automated announcements sound files.
 
Dear London North Eastern Railway Limited,

I am writing to you under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000 to request a
copy of your old original class 800/801 automated announcements sound
files please.

I was reading another persons FOIA request to you on the WDTK website
here:

[2]https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www....

In that request you stated that the original 800/801 announcements were
recorded under Virgin Trains control but that the female voice was way too
bubbly sounding so you changed it to the current Justine Harris
announcements.

So i am wondering if you could please kindly attach the sound files of
these original 800/801 announcements that were recorded under Virgin
Trains control before you had switched it to the current Justine Harris
announcements.

I know your current Justine Harris announcements are already published but
i am hoping to get a copy of all of these old sound files before you
switched to the current ones.

Thank you for your help with this and i look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

John Taylor

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Dear FOI,

Wow that is the quickest i have ever had a reply to an FOI request from any company. That was about five minutes since i sent it to you. Thank you for responding to that so quickly especially as it is on a weekend. That is much appreciated. Okay then no worries. I thought maybe you would not hold them as they were from the Virgin Trains days. I will send an email to Stagecoach and see if they can help. Even though they are not subject to the FOI it is worth a try to see what they will say. Thank you again for the very quick reply. Have a good rest of your weekend.

Yours sincerely,

John Taylor

FOI, London North Eastern Railway Limited

Hi John
I’ll ask my colleague in branding if he might know of someone to ask on
Monday
Kind regards
Abigail 
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From: John Taylor <[FOI #997608 email]>
Sent: Saturday, July 1, 2023 10:05:09 PM
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Class 800 and Class 801 old
original automated announcements sound files.
 
Dear FOI,

Wow that is the quickest i have ever had a reply to an FOI request from
any company. That was about five minutes since i sent it to you. Thank you
for responding to that so quickly especially as it is on a weekend. That
is much appreciated. Okay then no worries. I thought maybe you would not
hold them as they were from the Virgin Trains days. I will send an email
to Stagecoach and see if they can help. Even though they are not subject
to the FOI it is worth a try to see what they will say. Thank you again
for the very quick reply. Have a good rest of your weekend.

Yours sincerely,

John Taylor

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Dear FOI,

Many thanks. That would be very helpful if you could do that. Much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

John Taylor

FOI, London North Eastern Railway Limited

Hi John

Unfortunately I'm unable to assist further with this request.

I have made enquiries, and I can confirm we don't hold the old recordings and it looks like Stagecoach weren't involved in the recording either.

Kind regards

Abigail

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your further reply. Okay no worries. Thank you anyway for making those enquiries.

After looking in to this more i believe it could be Avanti who hold them. The reason i think this is because the male voice that is currently used on your 800 and 801 and the male voice that is currently used on their 390 is the same exact person. Additionally the old female voice on your 800 and 801 who you replaced as she was way too bubbly sounding (the one i referred to in this FOIA request) sounds to me like it must be the same lady who is currently on their 390 as she is extremely bubbly and over the top sounding. So i reckon VTEC and VTWC were all recorded together by Virgin rather than Stagecoach so it is probably Avanti who would hold your old sound files. So i will send Avanti an email and see what they say. Avanti are owned by First and Trenitalia (Italian Government) so not under the FOIA but it is worth a try.

Thank you again for looking in to this. I really appreciate your help with this. Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely,

John Taylor