Contents of Customer Information Group meeting on 17th February 2022

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Dear London North Eastern Railway Limited,

Please can you supply information regarding the phone meeting of Rail Delivery Group's Customer Information Group telephone meeting on 17th February?

To identify the group, I'm informed that RDG’s organisation comprises an internal governance structure, headed by its Customer Board. The Customer Board sits above the Customer Information Strategy Group (“CISG”), which itself heads two sub-groups: the Customer Information Group (“CIG”), which deals with issues related to customer information, and the Accessibility & Inclusion Group (“A&IG”), which deals with issues regarding compliance with licence-linked accessibility requirements. Apparently the CIG and the A&IG have delegated authority from the CISG in relation to a number of matters (including, in the case of the CIG, the power to adopt a “Do Not Travel” recommendation). Representatives from all TOCs sit in the CIG. I'm assuming that a Network Rail representative also sits in the CIG.

I'm informed that on Thursday 17 February 2022, shortly after the Met Office issued a Red Weather Warning for Storm Eunice, a meeting of the CIG took place, by way of a telephone call. During this call, the CIG apparently agreed a course of action which included the nationwide issue of “Do Not Travel” notices for train operators.

It is this meeting that I am specifically interested in.

Please could you supply me with the notes and communications your representative made during and as a direct result of this meeting? I'm wanting anything that indicates what topics were discussed and what decisions were made. Contemporaneous notes, internal or external emails received or sent that reveal what was discussed at this meeting, and what decisions were made and actions agreed, would be great.

Please can you also advise me about the power and responsibility of your representative on the group? I am not wanting any personal data, I am wanting to know what their role involves and what powers they have to bind your company / to agree to proposals agreed by the group.

In specific, I am instructed that the issue of pre-booked assistance bookings was raised during the call. Apparently the CIG discussed the actions to be taken in that regard, considering the risk that TOCs would not be able to deliver the pre-booked assistance during Storm Eunice. It was apparently agreed during the call that customers with pre-booked assistance bookings should be contacted by TOCs to cancel their assistance booking; and that no further pre-booked assistance bookings should be arranged for 18 and 19 February 2022.

I'm not sure I find it credible that this group, which is not the accessibility and inclusion group, has the authority to agree to cancel and refuse assistance bookings. What I'm wanting to know is whether the group did actually discuss such and reach that decision. If so, whether your rep on that group agreed to such cancellations and refusals, whether they had authority to do so and if so, how they communicated this decision within your company.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

Dear London North Eastern Railway Limited,

Please can you advise the status of my request? It has gone beyond 20 working days.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

FOI, London North Eastern Railway Limited

Hi Doug
I have carried out a search and we do not hold any notes or records in
relation to that meeting
I have searched for Teams conversations, emails, documents that could have
been made by the attendee. It looks to have been an impromptu meeting with
no agenda, and there are no emails in relation to that meeting following
on. 
Apologies for the delay - I had to sift through 60kish documents to
ascertain whether we held anything. I’ve considered anything that could be
related to the scope and unfortunately I must advise we do not hold
information that would meet your request. 
Kind regards
Abigail 

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From: Doug Paulley <[FOI #856659 email]>
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1:04:44 PM
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Contents of Customer
Information Group meeting on 17th February 2022
 
Dear London North Eastern Railway Limited,

Please can you advise the status of my request? It has gone beyond 20
working days.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

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