Concerns and solutions for level crossings in Queen Adelaide

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Rupert Moss-Eccardt

Dear Network Rail Limited,

There has been a lot of coverage for several years about the upgrade of Ely North Junction.
In the last year there has been mention by local politicians and MPs of challenges around level crossings in the area, particularly those in Queen Adelaide (there are three in the village itself).

Please could you provide any correspondence, plans and emails that mention these crossings and, particularly, what the problems are and any proposals being considered. Note you do not need to send the 'improving connectivity' paper from last year.

Yours faithfully,

Rupert Moss-Eccardt
Queen Adelaide,
England

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Dear Mr Moss-Eccardt,

 

Information request 

Reference number: FOI2015/01097

 

Thank you for your request of 31^st October 2015.  You requested the
following information:

 

“There has been a lot of coverage for several years about the upgrade of
Ely North Junction.

In the last year there has been mention by local politicians and MPs of
challenges around level crossings in the area, particularly those in Queen
Adelaide (there are three in the village itself).

 

Please could you provide any correspondence, plans and emails that mention
these crossings and, particularly, what the problems are and any proposals
being considered.  Note you do not need to send the 'improving
connectivity' paper from last year.”

 

I have reviewed your request and consulted with experts within Network
Rail, but I cannot identify the information you require from the details
you have provided. To help me meet your request, I would be grateful if
you could provide further details, specifically:

 

·        Please can you confirm the timeframe for the correspondence you
are interested in. For example, ‘Please could you provide any
correspondence, plans and emails from 1^st August 2015 to 1^st October
2015…’

You mentioned, ‘level crossings in the area, particularly those in Queen
Adelaide (there are three in the village itself)’.  For the avoidance of
doubt, please can you name the specific level crossing/crossings to which
your request relates?

 

I am unable to progress your request without this information, so I will
close your case until I receive your response. In accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 the 20 working days I have to respond to
your request will commence when I receive your clarification.

 

If you would like to discuss any of the above please feel free to contact
me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in all future
correspondence.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Catherine Leach

 

Catherine Leach| Information Officer | Freedom of Information Team

[1]Network Rail | The Quadrant: MK | Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN

External 01908 782 405 | Internal 085 22405 | Web :
[2]http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

 

 

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Rupert Moss-Eccardt

Dear Ms Leach,

Thank you for your reply.

In terms of time frame, anything from the beginning of this year (2015) will probably suffice.

The following news articles may be of assistance:
http://edp24.co.uk/1.4166910 (where a Network Rail spokesman is said to mention closure)
and
http://www.elizabethtruss.com/news/candi... where SoS for DEFRA says Network Rail told her there were issues with the road crossing

The Ely North upgrade is still in CP5 so the paperwork for that should mention the crossings

The three road/rail crossings in question are the three on the B1382 in Queen Adelaide. The middle one has featured in your safety campaign for university students and all three have enforcement cameras as they are in the top 20 most dangerous crossings, apparently. They are the three called 'Queen Adelaide' as a result of this search:
http://www.networkrail.co.uk/transparenc... with postcode CB7 4UQ and a radius of one mile.

I think they are
Crossing 2529
Crossing 2530 and
Crossing 2531

Yours sincerely,

Rupert

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Reference number: FOI2015/01105

 

Dear Mr Moss-Eccardt,

 

Information request

 

Your correspondence was received by Network Rail on 3^rd November 2015.  I
can confirm that your request is being processed under the terms of the
Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).  I will endeavour to respond
to you as soon as possible and in any event by 2^nd December 2015.

 

On occasion we may need to consult with third parties about requests, in
line with the recommendations in the Code of Practice issued by the then
Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs.

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please remember to quote your reference number in all future
communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Catherine Leach

Information Officer

 

Freedom of Information Team

The Quadrant

Elder Gate

Milton Keynes

MK9 1EN

 

Telephone: 01908 782405

Email: [1][Network Rail request email]

Web: [2]www.networkrail.co.uk/foi

 

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Reference number: FOI2015/01105

 

Dear Mr Moss-Eccardt,

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your Freedom of
Information request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Catherine Leach| Information Officer | Freedom of Information Team

[1]Network Rail | The Quadrant: MK | Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN

External 01908 782 405 | Internal 085 22405 | Web :
http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

 

 

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Reference number: FOI2015/01105

Dear Mr Moss-Eccardt,

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Leach
Information Officer

Freedom of Information Team
The Quadrant
Elder Gate
Milton Keynes
MK9 1EN

Telephone: 01908 782405
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

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Rupert Moss-Eccardt

Dear Network Rail Limited,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Network Rail Limited's handling of my FOI request 'Concerns and solutions for level crossings in Queen Adelaide'.

You asked for an extension to respond as there was so much information to consider. Clearly this is at odds with the decision to apply exemptions. I can only assume that, given the political fall out from the slip into CP6, disclosure has become potentially damaging to NR. If that is the reason, please say so.

All that notwithstanding I can't believe there aren't statements of facts that were used in briefing the LEP, the local councillors and MPs that are still exempt.

Note that the DfT response to a similar query was much more voluble. Clearly they judge the exemptions differently. So again this is grounds to ask you to think again.

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

Yours faithfully,

Rupert Moss-Eccardt

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Dear Mr Moss-Eccardt

Internal review request
Reference number: FOI2015/01338

Thank you for your email of 24 December 2015. We will now conduct an internal review of your request FOI201501105.

We will endeavour to respond to you on or before 27 January 2016. We will write to you if an extension is required.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in all future communications about the internal review.

Yours sincerely

Lou Lander

Dr Lou Lander | FOI Manager, Compliance and Appeals
Network Rail | The Quadrant: MK | Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN

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Dear Mr Moss-Eccardt

Internal review request
Reference number: FOI2015/01338

Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review.

Yours sincerely

Colin Bendall
Information Officer – Compliance & Appeals
Freedom of Information Team
The Quadrant
Elder Gate
Milton Keynes
MK9 1EN

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Rupert Moss-Eccardt

Dear Mr Bendall,

Thank you very much for your diligence in dealing with my internal review request.

It was to my mind an exemplary response.

Yours sincerely,

Rupert Moss-Eccardt

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