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Dear Highways England Company Limited,

I would like to request information as to the number of former railway tunnels that are under the ownership/responsibility of Highways England or any subsidiary of Highways England.

Yours faithfully,
MBradley

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Mr Bradley

Please find attached our response to your recent FoI Request.

Kind Regards

Dave Parker
Historical Railways Estate (on behalf of Department for Transport)
Highways England | 37 Tanner Row | York | Y01 6WP
General Office: +44 (0) 1904 621924
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7714 431547
Web: http://www.highwaysengland.co.uk

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Dear Mr Parker,

Thank you for your response and for providing the requested information.

Yours faithfully
MBradley

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of the handling of the FOIR made by myself on the 5th December 2017. HE Ref: CRS-757486. A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

I am making this request for the following reason/s...

In relation to a FOIR made by myself on the 19th December 2017 also via ‘Whatdotheyknow’,
HE ref: CRS-757893 and in response to a request for clarification I was informed on the 12th February 2018 that “It is the combined total of 169 tunnels which are currently in the ownership of the Secretary of State for Transport.”

Also in relation to the aforementioned request, upon the 6 page of the information that I received as to the location of the 169 railway tunnels “that are inspected and maintained by Highways England on behalf of the secretary of state for transport and the further 12 tunnels that are subject of a maintaining lease agreement with Sustrans.” the third record from the bottom of the table is that of Clayton Tunnel, with its identified location of ‘Bradford’.

In response to a FOIR made by myself on the 5th February 2018 regarding “Clayton Tunnel, Bradford, West Yorkshire” HE ref: CRS-759290 I was informed the following day on the 6th February 2018 that “Clayton Tunnel is not owned by the Secretary of State for Transport.” and that “ The tunnel was sold by the former British Railways Board in 1969.”.

Upon seeking clarification due to their being another Clayton Tunnel located within West Sussex, this one however still in railway use but includes a cottage above the tunnel mouth as part of its design. I was subsequently informed on the 8th February 2018 that the previous response given by Highways England was “correct and did relate to Clayton Tunnel in West Yorkshire”.

I am therefore of the opinion that the provided information is inaccurate and may therefore be incomplete.

Yours faithfully,
Michael Bradley

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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FOI Advice, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Bradley

Our Ref : 759,725

I refer to your request for an internal review in relation to your Freedom of Information requests dated 5, 19 December 2017 and 15 January 2018.

Your complaint refers to the responses you received to your requests which you believe to be inaccurate. As part of the internal review I have contacted my colleague who provided you with the response and they have confirmed that Clayton Tunnel in West Yorkshire is not owned by the Secretary of State for Transport. However, under the auspices of good practice, the tunnel is still inspected annually by Highways England. It is not unusual that some structures are inspected by Highways England even if they are not owned by the Secretary of State, especially if we know that they are in poor or dangerous condition, so that we can remind the current owner of their responsibilities if necessary.

Therefore, I have concluded that the information you were provided with was accurate in that the Clayton tunnel is not owned by the Secretary of State but that Highways England do inspect it annually to ensure that the current owner is aware of their responsibilities. Please accept my apologies if this was not made clear to you when you requested clarification.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Layla Beckett, Freedom of Information Officer
Highways England | Piccadilly Gate | Store Street | Manchester | M1 2WD
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Jones, Sian, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Bradley

 

Thank you for your email dated 7 April 2018

 

As you have requested an internal review of the way in which your FOI
request has been handled it has been passed to me to provide a response. 

 

I note from your email you are “…of the opinion that Clayton Tunnel is
owned by the Secretary of State for Transport and that Highways England
holds the information as to the proposals/plans for this former railway
tunnel.”

 

I understand an internal review into this matter was previously conducted
by Layla Beckett on 19 March 2018 – references: 757,290; 757,486 and
757,893. I note the review stated:

 

Your complaint refers to the responses you received to your requests which
you believe to be inaccurate. As part of the internal review I have
contacted my colleague who provided you with the response and they have
confirmed that Clayton Tunnel in West Yorkshire is not owned by the
Secretary of State for Transport. However, under the auspices of good
practice, the tunnel is still inspected annually by Highways England. It
is not unusual that some structures are inspected by Highways England even
if they are not owned by the Secretary of State, especially if we know
that they are in poor or dangerous condition, so that we can remind the
current owner of their responsibilities if necessary.

 

Therefore, I have concluded that the information you were provided with
was accurate in that the Clayton tunnel is not owned by the Secretary of
State but that Highways England do inspect it annually to ensure that the
current owner is aware of their responsibilities. Please accept my
apologies if this was not made clear to you when you requested
clarification. 

 

I have spoken with my colleague and he has confirmed the above - although
Highways England, via the Historic Railways Estates team, inspects Clayton
tunnel this is purely out of good stewardship. Highways England has no
plans to undertake any future maintenance on, or has any future plans or
proposals for the tunnel as the tunnel is not the property of the
Department for Transport. The tunnel was sold by the former British
Railways Board on 04/12/1969 and the purchaser released the Board and its
successors from all obligations to maintain the tunnel. Consequently
whilst Highways England inspects the tunnel as part of the good
stewardship arrangements, it is not actually owned by the Secretary of
State for Transport. It seems Clayton tunnel was included on the list as
Highways England does conduct annual inspections, I appreciate that this
may have caused some confusion and hope that this has now clarified
matters.  

 

If you are not content with this response, you have the right to apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

Sian Jones | Lead Information Rights Officer | Information & Technology

Highways England | Piccadilly Gate | Store Street | Manchester | M1 2WD

Web: http://www.highways.gov.uk

 

 

 

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