District Line Announcements

Finnlay made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by Transport for London.

Dear Transport for London,
Please could I have a copy of the onboard announcements for the District line? Any announcements that are not protected by contract, from any time period and that can be supplied in a PCC, WAV, OGG or MP3 format.

Yours faithfully,
Finnlay Farrell-Steiger

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Farrell-Steiger

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2321-2021

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 13
February 2021.

 

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FOI Case Management Team

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Dear FOI,
I do not necessarily think my request is essential, you are free to close it because of that.
However if it is ok and you do continue my request I do not mind however long it takes to get the requested
stuff and if it is too much in the current circumstances that is fine.

Yours sincerely,
Finnlay Farrell-Steiger

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Farrell-Steiger

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2321-2021

 

Thank you again for your request which we received on 7 January 2020
asking for District Line onboard announcements.

 

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that
we do hold the information you require.

 

However, we are not obliged to supply these audio files as the information
is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information
under section 43(2).

 

In this instance section 43(2) has been applied as disclosure of the
information requested would be likely to prejudice the commercial
interests of TfL and/or the company used to provide the recordings. The
recordings in question were provided to London Underground under a signed
contracts which contained explicit conditions concerning disclosure and
distribution.

 

The contract specifies that the recordings are solely to be used for the
purpose for which they were created and for broadcast on the London
Underground network only. If TfL were to disclose these recordings in
response to an FOI request, it would constitute an actionable breach of
contract and would be likely to result in a valid legal claim against
London Underground or the license to use the recordings being withdrawn,
which would impose additional, unnecessary, costs. TfL wishes to protect
its commercial interests and ability to participate in future commercial
activity. The disclosure of this information would be to the detriment of
present and future business activities for both parties.

 

The use of this exemption 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 degree of public interest concerning London transport
announcements in light of the recent disclosure of other London
Underground announcements. However, in this instance this is outweighed by
the damage that would be done to TfL’s ability to use these recordings and
any future contractual negotiations that may take place regarding the
London Underground announcements.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

 

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