Correspondence on Bonnybridge rail station

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Dear Transport Scotland,

Could you please furnish me with details of correspondence between Transport Minister Keith Brown, MSP (Ochil Constituency) and Transport Scotland regarding a possible new rail station at Bonnybridge, Falkirk District.

Dates from 12 Dec 2010 through to 23 March 2011 please.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Shanks

Transport Scotland

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Mr Shanks,

Please find attached a response to the information request you submitted
on 12 April 2011.

Rail Policy Team
Rail Delivery

Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HF
Direct Line: 0141 272 7553, Fax: 0141 272 7560
[email address]
bc

Mr Mark Shanks
[FOI #68245 email]

Our ref:
FoI/11/00501

Date:
10 May 2011

Dear Mr Shanks,

Thank you for your enquiry of 12 April 2011 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) asking for details of
correspondence from the 12 December 2010 to 23 March 2011 between
Transport Minister Keith Brown, MSP (Ochil Constituency) and Transport
Scotland regarding a possible new rail station at Bonnybridge.

As the information you have requested is `environmental information' for
the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004
(EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those
Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the FOISA,
so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA. As the
exemption is conditional we have applied the `public interest test'. This
means we have, in all the circumstances of this case, considered if the
public interest in disclosing the information under FOISA outweighs the
public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on
balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption,
because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under
two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no
material effect on the outcome of your request.

We have now completed our search for the information you requested, and
the results are provided below.

Correspondence

On the 13 December 2010 a Ministerial submission from Transport Scotland
provided background information on proposals for a potential station at
Bonnybridge and asked the Minister to authorise the content of a response
to an information request from yourself which was submitted on the 18
November 2010 asking for details of correspondence between Stewart
Stevenson and Falkirk Council or Michael Matheson, MSP, in relation to
proposals for a station at Bonnybridge.

On the 22 December 2010 a response was received by Transport Scotland from
the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure's office advising he was
content for the response to the above mentioned information request to be
issued.

On the 7 January 2011 the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
received an invitation to meet members and officials from Falkirk Council
to discuss potential passenger rail stations at Bonnybridge and
Grangemouth. To help the Minister decide whether to accept or reject the
invitation a note was provided by Transport Scotland giving Mr Brown
background information on the proposed station and advising him of
previous correspondence on the issue.

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Your sincerely,

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