Cycle safety impact assessment, Blackfriars Bridge

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Dear Transport for London,

Please provide details (including methodology and results) of any assessment you made into the impact on cyclist safety of the proposed redesign of the junction at the north end of Blackfriars Bridge.

Please identify separately, where applicable:
(1) Quantitative assessments of risk exposure or probably casualty rate, and
(2) Qualitative assessments of 'subjective safety' as reported by cyclists based on interviews or other methods.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Gleeson

FOI, Transport for London

Our ref: FOI-0105-1112

Date: 27.04.2011

Dear Mr Gleeson

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 27
April 2011 asking for information about any Cycle safety impact assessment
at Blackfriars Bridge.

Your request will be processed in accordance with TfL's Freedom of
Information Act 2000 procedure and a response will be provided to you by
27 May 2011 in accordance with the Act.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

Corporate Governance Directorate

General Counsel

Transport for London

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Gleeson [mailto:[FOI #69765 email]]
Sent: 27 April 2011 12:23
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Cycle safety impact assessment,
Blackfriars Bridge

Dear Transport for London,

Please provide details (including methodology and results) of any

assessment you made into the impact on cyclist safety of the

proposed redesign of the junction at the north end of Blackfriars

Bridge.

Please identify separately, where applicable:

(1) Quantitative assessments of risk exposure or probably casualty

rate, and

(2) Qualitative assessments of 'subjective safety' as reported by

cyclists based on interviews or other methods.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Gleeson

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Our ref: FOI-0105-1112

Date: 27.05.2011

Dear Mr Gleeson

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 27
April 2011 asking for information about any Cycle safety impact assessment
at Blackfriars Bridge.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and I can confirm that TfL does
hold the information you require.

Please provide details (including methodology and results) of
any assessment you made into the impact on cyclist safety of the proposed
redesign of the junction at the north end of Blackfriars Bridge.

Please identify separately, where applicable:

(1) Quantitative assessments of risk exposure or probable
casualty rate, and

(2) Qualitative assessments of 'subjective safety' as reported by
cyclists based on interviews or other methods.

TfL recognises the importance of ensuring that the road network is as safe
to use as possible for all users. We have made significant progress in
recent years in reducing the number of accidents leading to death or
serious injury, particularly amongst cyclists, where the accident rate has
fallen despite the significant rise in the numbers of people cycling. All
highway schemes are audited to ensure no unforeseen safety issues are
created, including our proposed changes to junction to the north of
Blackfriars Bridge.

For a major scheme such as Blackfriars the complexity of the design has
meant that all road users have had to be considered with equal weighting
and attention from the very early stages of the design. A road safety
audit considers the safety of all vulnerable road users however we have
not undertaken any individual assessment of cyclist safety.

We are currently undertaking a road safety audit to take into account the
latest iteration of the design following the public engagement process on
the junction and we will be making this available publicly in the near
future when it is complete. Until it is complete, we are not obliged to
disclose it publicly, in accordance with Regulation 12(4)(d) of the EIRs,
which exempts information which is incomplete or in the course of
preparation. The use of this exception is subject to 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, but as this information will be available in the near
future it is considered that there is a greater public interest in
maintaining the exception to allow the information to be completed
accurately and take account of all relevant factors, in line with TfL's
current intention..

We do not as a matter of course gather `qualitative assessments of
subjective safety' as part of the design process.

If this is not the information you are looking for please feel free to
contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

Corporate Governance Directorate

General Counsel

Transport for London

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Gleeson [mailto:[FOI #69765 email]]
Sent: 27 April 2011 12:23
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Cycle safety impact assessment,
Blackfriars Bridge

Dear Transport for London,

Please provide details (including methodology and results) of any

assessment you made into the impact on cyclist safety of the

proposed redesign of the junction at the north end of Blackfriars

Bridge.

Please identify separately, where applicable:

(1) Quantitative assessments of risk exposure or probably casualty

rate, and

(2) Qualitative assessments of 'subjective safety' as reported by

cyclists based on interviews or other methods.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Gleeson

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Dear TfL,

Thank you for your response. I understand that the road safety audit of the latest iteration of the junction design is currently in progress and is therefore not available.

However, my question primarily related to the design that you were proposing at the time I sent you the request: that is, the previous iteration that you consulted the public on. I assume the road safety audit for this design is now complete: if so, I would be grateful if you could send it to me.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Gleeson

FOI, Transport for London

Our ref: FOI-0224-1112

Date: 31.05.2011

Dear Mr Gleeson

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 27 May
2011 asking for information about the Cycle Safety Impact Assessment,
Blackfriars Bridge.

Your request will be processed in accordance with TfL's Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 procedure and a response will be provided to
you by XX June 2011 in accordance with the Act.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

Corporate Governance Directorate

General Counsel

Transport for London

[1][TfL request email]

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Gleeson [mailto:[FOI #69765 email]]
Sent: 27 May 2011 13:39
To: FOI
Subject: Re: EIR Request - Cycle Safety Impact Assessment, Blackfriars
Bridge

Dear TfL,

Thank you for your response. I understand that the road safety

audit of the latest iteration of the junction design is currently

in progress and is therefore not available.

However, my question primarily related to the design that you were

proposing at the time I sent you the request: that is, the previous

iteration that you consulted the public on. I assume the road

safety audit for this design is now complete: if so, I would be

grateful if you could send it to me.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Gleeson

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Dear Mr Gleeson

TfL ref: FOI-0224-1112

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 27 May
2011 asking for information about Blackfriars Bridge.

You have requested a copy of the road safety audit for the original
proposed design of the road layout at Blackfriars Bridge. Your request
has been considered under the requirements of the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 and I can confirm that TfL holds the
information you require.

However, in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations
2004, TfL is not obliged to supply the information as it is subject to a
statutory exception to the right of access to information, under
Regulation 12(4)(d).

In this instance Regulation 12(4)(d) has been applied as the information
you have requested relates to material which, at the time of your request,
was still in the course of completion, as the design work for the scheme
has been altered and progressed since the Road Safety Audit (RSA) was
prepared based on the original design. A revised Road Safety Audit is in
the process of being finalised on the new design, and we will provide you
with a copy of this document and the client response when it is available.

The use of this exception 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 significant degree of interest in this particular
scheme but the original design of the road layout has now been
significantly altered. Providing details of the Stage 1 RSA while the
Stage 2 RSA on the proposed scheme is being carried out would complicate
and confuse which elements remain relevant. The Stage 2 RSA will provide a
more accurate analysis of the risks than the Stage 1 report.

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached
information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

Corporate Governance Directorate

General Counsel

Transport for London

[1][TfL request email]

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Gleeson [mailto:[FOI #69765 email]]
Sent: 27 May 2011 13:39
To: FOI
Subject: Re: EIR Request - Cycle Safety Impact Assessment, Blackfriars
Bridge

Dear TfL,

Thank you for your response. I understand that the road safety

audit of the latest iteration of the junction design is currently

in progress and is therefore not available.

However, my question primarily related to the design that you were

proposing at the time I sent you the request: that is, the previous

iteration that you consulted the public on. I assume the road

safety audit for this design is now complete: if so, I would be

grateful if you could send it to me.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Gleeson

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Dear Mr Gleeson

Further to my email of 1 July 2011, please find attached a copy of the
final road safety audit for the Blackfriars scheme and our client
response, which has now been completed.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

Corporate Governance Directorate

General Counsel

Transport for London

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Alex Skene left an annotation ()

You should ask them to carry out an internal review - the Stage 1 RSA which they declined to provide (without a valid exemption under the EIRs) would be covered by the wording of your original request.

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