Data used to select Countdown Unit Locations

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Dear Transport for London,

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act

(1) I would like the following documents in a machine readable format, preferably .xls.
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/c...
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/c...

(2) I would like the database (in a machine readable format, preferably .xls) that was used to form the stop selection strategy. I would like it to show (at the very least) stop name, number, location (borough) and the data that was used to form the criteria that formed the stop selection strategy. I would like the database to show the stops that failed the audit, stops that will receive new countdown units, stops that are receiving a unit because they already had an old countdown unit installed and the stops that would have received new Countdown units if the Mayoral policy for the countdown signs had not changed in July 2011.

(3) I would like to know the details of the criteria that decided whether a stop received a countdown unit or not, particularly the pass values or criteria that a bus stop that receives one should achieve.

If there are any issues or you require clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

P Dixin

P Dixin left an annotation ()

Another interesting FixMyTransport request.

http://www.fixmytransport.com/campaigns/...

I think it would be interesting for people who are complaining to be able to say that my stop meets the criteria, can it be prioritised for a new batch if one comes about.

FOI, Transport for London

Dear P Dixin

TfL Ref: FOI-0143-1213

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 24 April 2012 asking for information about bus stops.

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy.

A response will be provided to you by 23 May 2012.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Eva Rozmahelova
FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team
Corporate Governance Directorate
General Counsel
Transport for London

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear P Dixin

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0143-1213

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 24
April 2012 asking for information about bus stops.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy.  I can
confirm TfL holds some of the information you require. You asked for:

 

1. The following documents in a machine readable format, preferably .xls:

 

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[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/c...

 

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[2]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/c...

 

Unfortunately, these documents are only held in PDF format and therefore
are not available in .xls.

    

2.  The database (in a machine readable format, preferably .xls) that was
used to form the stop selection strategy.  I would like it to show (at the
very least) stop name, number, location (borough) and the data that was
used to form the criteria that formed the stop selection strategy. I would
like the database to show the stops that failed the audit, stops that will
receive new countdown units, stops that are receiving a unit because they
already had an old countdown unit installed and the stops that would have
received new Countdown units if the Mayoral policy for the countdown signs
had not changed in July 2011.

 

Please find attached two excel spreadsheets.

 

The first spreadsheet (Stop Selection) is the data from 2008 which was
used to select the original list of stops. As you requested, it shows a
stop name, number, location (borough) and the stops that failed the audit
(due to power or shelter issues). This produced the list of stops that TfL
took to the boroughs for discussion and as a result of this engagement the
list of stops that would have received a new Countdown sign, if the
Mayoral policy had not changed the criteria in July 2011.

 

The second spreadsheet (2011 Countdown II List) lists the locations that
had a sign in 2011 and hence will receive a sign as part of the Mayoral
policy change and the current selection of locations due to receive a
sign, operational reasons permitting.

    

3. I would like to know the details of the criteria that decided whether a
stop received a countdown unit or not, particularly the pass values or
criteria that a bus stop that receives one should achieve.

 

The attached PDF file is a summary document of the stop selection criteria
which we used in discussions with the boroughs. There are no pass values
as such any more, due to the changes in the stop allocation. Originally,
we used the stop selection strategy to determine stop locations. These
were discussed with the London boroughs, changed where appropriate and
agreed. In July 2011 a Mayoral policy change determined that no Countdown
sign that currently has the facility should lose it. TfL therefore
reallocated a sign to all existing locations and, where a borough was due
to receive more signs, used the top ranking signs from the previous list
to top up the locations.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Rozmahelova

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

Corporate Governance Directorate

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for the information you provided.

I was under the impression that there were 4,000 potential units (when Countdown II was initially announced) and therefore bus stops for the Countdown units.

However, when I filter the Stop Selection spreadsheet, I only get 2,500 sites. Were the 4,000 units descoped down to 2,500 units before the locations were decided?

Thank you for your help

Yours sincerely,

P Dixin