Discussions between TfL and Arriva buses about Cycle Enfield Proposals

Steve Rowe made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

Please provide me with all documentation relating to the following aspects of Cycle Enfield (Mini-Holland) proposals:

1. the notes of any meetings since December 2015 between TfL officers and Arriva buses regarding impact of the Cycle Enfield scheme on bus services on the A105

2 the notes of any meetings since December 2015 between TfL officers and Arriva buses regarding objections to the Cycle Enfield scheme for the A105

3. copies of any emails sent by TfL to Arriva buses, between 24th August and 2nd September 2016 relating to the impact of the Cycle Enfield scheme bus services on the A105 and /or objections to the Cycle Enfield scheme for the A105

Yours faithfully,

Steve Rowe

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Rowe

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1121-1617 / FOI-1122-1617 / FOI-1130-1617 /
FOI-1131-1617

 

Thank you for your e-mails received on 9 September 2016 asking for
information about the Enfield Mini-Holland Scheme.

 

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

 

A response will be provided to you by 10 October 2016. We publish a
substantial range of information on our website on subjects including
operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance
and our financial performance. This includes data which is frequently
asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[2][TfL request email]

 

 

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Dear Transport for London,
Dear Transport for London,
Your Ref: FOI-1121-1617 / FOI-1122-1617 / FOI-1130-1617 /
FOI-1131-1617
I made a request for information about records relating to formal discussions between TfL and Arriva Buses about Cycle Enfield (Mini Holland) proposals. It was sent to you on September 9th. The reference number you gave me for this request is noted above.

I am extremely disappointed that you have not provided me with the information I requested by the expected date. By law, your organisation should have responded promptly. The information I requested is not likely to have been difficult to find since it relates to the pre-planning carried out by by Enfield Council before finalising their cycle lane proposals. The information required would consist principally of the minutes of meetings and should not be hard to locate.

I would like to know when you expect to be able to provide me with this information. I will be copying this request to the relevant FOI authorities.

Yours faithfully,

Steve Rowe

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Rowe

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1121-1617 / FOI-1122-1617 / FOI-1130-1617 /
FOI-1131-1617

 

Thank you for your e-mails received on 9 September 2016 asking for
information about the Enfield Mini-Holland Scheme.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and TfL’s information
access policy. 

 

Unfortunately, due to an error the incorrect received date was entered on
our system when your requests were logged and a response date of 10
October 2016 was recorded. I apologise for this error as an e-mail should
have been sent to you last week explaining that because of the complexity
of your requests, we will be unable to resolve your request within the
initial statutory 20 working day deadline. This is because there is a
large volume of data that we are having to review and consider for
disclosure.

 

To enable us to fully consider your request, in accordance with the EIRs
we have had to extend the deadline for providing a response to 40 working
days from the date we received your request. The amended date for a final
response is now 4 November 2016, however I expect we will be able to
provide a response in the next week or so.

 

I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause you. If you
have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please feel free
to contact me.   

 

If you are not satisfied with this response, please read the attached
help-sheet entitled ‘Your Right to Appeal.’

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

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Dear FOI,

The response to my request for details of Discussions between TfL and Arriva buses about Cycle Enfield Proposals is now long overdue. My original request was made well before September 9 (the date cited in your reply). September 9 was formally recorded as the date I made my request because of an error at your end. Worse, although September 9 was only a few days after I actually submitted my request, TfL awarded themselves a full, new 40 day time period in which to respond.

I made two related FOI requests on the same date. Both received the "9 September error" message. The other request, however, has already received a response. I have been given no reason as to why my request for information on "Discussions between TfL and Arriva buses about Cycle Enfield Proposals" should have been delayed any longer than the FOI reply I have already received.

I believe that an internal review should be undertaken in relation to the reasons for this unacceptable delay. I would also appreciate an urgent indication of the date when my request will be answered. Enfield Council and TfL are actively engaged in seeking final approval for the cycle scheme involved. Public consultations are ongoing. The delay in responding to my FOI request looks very much like administrative obfuscation and an attempt to delay the process of information sharing until it is too late for changes to be made.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Rowe

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Rowe

 

TfL Ref:          IRV-082-1617

 

Thank you for your request for an internal review which was received on 7
November 2016.

 

You have stated that you are dissatisfied with the handling of your
request for information under the Environmental Information Regulations.

 

The review will be conducted by an internal review panel in accordance
with TfL’s Internal Review Procedure, which is available via the following
URL:

 

[1]http://content.tfl.gov.uk/internal-revie...

 

Every effort will be made to provide you with a response by 5 December
2016. However, if the review will not be completed by this date, we will
contact you and notify you of the revised response date as soon as
possible.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[2][TfL request email]

 

From: Steve Rowe [mailto:[FOI #357638 email]]
Sent: 05 November 2016 20:40
To: FOI
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Discussions
between TfL and Arriva buses about Cycle Enfield Proposals

 

Dear FOI,

 

The response to my request for details of Discussions between TfL and
Arriva buses about Cycle Enfield Proposals is now long overdue.  My
original request was made well before September 9 (the date cited in your
reply).  September 9 was formally recorded as the date I made my request
because of an error at your end.  Worse, although September 9 was only a
few days after I actually submitted my request, TfL awarded themselves a
full, new 40 day time period in which to respond. 

 

I made two related FOI requests on the same date.  Both received the "9
September error" message.  The other request, however, has already
received a response.  I have been given no reason as to why my request for
information on "Discussions between TfL and Arriva buses about Cycle
Enfield Proposals" should have been delayed any longer than the FOI reply
I have already received.

 

I believe that an internal review should be undertaken in relation to the
reasons for this unacceptable delay. I would also appreciate an urgent
indication of the date when my request will be answered.  Enfield Council
and TfL are actively engaged in seeking final approval for the cycle
scheme involved.  Public consultations are ongoing.  The delay in
responding to my FOI request looks very much like administrative
obfuscation and an attempt to delay the process of information sharing
until it is too late for changes to be made.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Steve Rowe

 

 

From: FOI
Sent: 13 September 2016 10:34
To: '[email address]';
'[email address]';
'[email address]';
'[FOI #357638 email]'
Subject: EIR Request - Enfield Mini-Holland Scheme

 

Dear Mr Rowe

 

Our Ref: FOI-1121-1617 / FOI-1122-1617 / FOI-1130-1617 / FOI-1131-1617

 

Thank you for your e-mails received on 9 September 2016 asking for
information about the Enfield Mini-Holland Scheme.

 

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

 

A response will be provided to you by 10 October 2016. We publish a
substantial range of information on our website on subjects including
operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance
and our financial performance. This includes data which is frequently
asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[3]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[4][TfL request email]

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Rowe

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1121-1617

 

Thank you for your e-mail received on 9 September 2016 asking for
information about the Enfield Mini-Holland Scheme. I apologise for the
delay in my response.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access
policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require. You asked
for:

 

1.    The notes of any meetings since December 2015 between TfL officers
and Arriva buses regarding impact of the Cycle Enfield scheme on bus
services on the A105.

 

There have been two meetings which have meeting notes relating to the
A105. These were on 13 June 2016 and 4 August 2016, please find the
meeting minutes attached.

 

2.    The notes of any meetings since December 2015 between TfL officers
and Arriva buses regarding objections to the Cycle Enfield scheme for the
A105.

 

There are no meeting notes relating to the objections from TfL Buses or
Arriva Buses regarding Cycle Enfield.

 

3.    Copies of any emails sent by TfL to Arriva buses, between 24^th
August and 2^nd September 2016 relating to the impact of the Cycle Enfield
scheme bus services on the A105 and / or objections to the Cycle Enfield
scheme for the A105.

 

Please find attached the e-mails between ourselves and Arriva Buses
relating to the A105, these were sent between 24 August and 2 September
2016.

 

Please note that in accordance with TfL’s obligations under the Data
Protection Act 1998 (DPA) some personal data has been removed, as required
by regulation 13 of the EIR. This is because disclosure of this personal
data would be a breach of the DPA, specifically the first principle of the
DPA which requires all processing of personal data to be fair and lawful.
It would not be fair to disclose this personal information when the
individuals have no expectation it would be disclosed and TfL has not
satisfied one of the conditions of Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act
which would make the processing ‘fair’.

 

This exemption to the right of access to information is an absolute
exemption and not subject to an assessment of whether the public interest
favours use of the exemption.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please feel free 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.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

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