Evidence that cycling infrastructure on Great Ancoats Street would negatively impact traffic capacity

The request was partially successful.

Dear Manchester City Council,

The current plans for the Great Ancoats Street improvement scheme don't include any provision for safe cycling infrastructure, when the team were asked why, the following reason was given: "We have looked at cycling facilities on the road itself but these would have an impact on the capacity of inner ring road resulting in congestion and traffic using other less suitable routes in adjacent neighbourhoods and the city centre" - when asked to reveal the evidence that lead to this decision there was no reply.

I am therefore requesting, under the FoI Act, all evidence, research, and reports used to arrive at the decision that supports the claim that: cycling infrastructure along Great Ancoats St. would negatively impact traffic capacity.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Brindley

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Brindley
Re: Request for Information - Reference No: HWY/BGZCUD
Thank you for your request for information received by Manchester City
Council on 16 October 2019.
Please note that it may take up to 20 working days (13 November 2019) for
the Council to consider your request and to provide a formal response.   
If this timescale needs to be extended to consider an exemption you will
be notified and kept informed. 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Yours sincerely
Cieran Cassidy
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [1][MCC request email]
Website:  [2]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Ian Halton, Manchester City Council

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Dear Mr Brindley,
Please find attached a response to your recent FOI.
Kind regards
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Ian Halton
Head of Design, Commissioning & PMO
Manchester City Council
5th Floor Bridgewater House
Whitworth Street
Manchester 
M1 6LT
email [1][email address]
[2]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Dear Manchester City Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Manchester City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Evidence that cycling infrastructure on Great Ancoats Street would negatively impact traffic capacity'.

There are a number of issues I would like to raise regarding the handling of the FOI request. First of all the documents received from the Council reference additional documents that have not been provided. Secondly, the documents received do not mention anything about cycle lanes or cycling infrastructure, and provide no evidence that cycle lanes themselves would negatively impact traffic capacity.
In light of the above issues, it is clear that evidence has not been provided, and the response and handling of my FOI request has been insufficient.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Brindley

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Brindley
Re: Request for Information - Internal Review - Reference
No: HWY/BGZCUD-IR
Thank you for your email dated  4 November 2019 regarding the Council's
response to your request for information.
Your email will be treated as a request for internal review of that
original decision and will be dealt with in accordance with the Council’s
Access to Information Complaint Procedure.  The procedure is available on
the Council’s web site at    
[1]http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/d...
Please note your request will be handled as speedily as possible and a
response should be issued no later than 2 December 2019. 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Yours sincerely
Cieran Cassidy
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [2][MCC request email]
Website:  [3]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Mark Stevenson, Manchester City Council

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Dear Mr. Brindley,
I have attached a response to your request for information regarding the
Great Ancoats Street highways scheme dated 26th September below.
Kind Regards
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Mark Stevenson BSc (Hons) MSc MCIT
Team Leader (Sustainable Projects)
Tel: 0161 219 6215
[mobile number]
Email. [1][email address]

Highways Services
Manchester City Council
Manchester
M1 6LT

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EngCP8, Manchester City Council

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 Mr Brindley
Please find attached a letter responding to your request for an Internal
Review of your Freedom of Information Request.

EngCP8, Manchester City Council

Mr Brindley
Please accept my apologies for not issuing the information I have gathered
to you. I will do so in the New Year.
Regards
The Highways Service

On Monday, 2 December 2019 12:07:22 UTC, EngCP8 wrote:

 Mr Brindley
Please find attached a letter responding to your request for an Internal
Review of your Freedom of Information Request.

Dear Manchester City Council,

Is there any update on when the information from the internal review will be provided? This was originally expected at the end of December before being pushed back to the New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Brindley

EngCP8, Manchester City Council

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Dear Mr Brindley
Apologies for the delay. Please find attached response letter and related
documents.
Thank you

On Thursday, 9 January 2020 13:42:50 UTC, Mr. Brindley wrote:

Dear Manchester City Council,

Is there any update on when the information from the internal review
will be provided? This was originally expected at the end of December
before being pushed back to the New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Brindley

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Thank you for the response and the related documents regarding the FOI request.

Having looked through the documents, I cannot find any evidence provided that states it was the cycle lanes specifically that negatively impacted the traffic capacity in the models.

Within the email discussions there are calls to reduce the cycle lane width from 1.8m to 1.7m (email 16 12 15) and then a subsequent consideration from TfGM (in email 15 3 16): "If we get rid of the Great Ancoat St cycle lanes at the junction, it may be possible..." (there is no reference to what "it" is here.) - yet there is nothing provided here that discusses the cycle lanes being the direct cause of the negative impact on traffic capacity, nor are there any calls or requests to completely remove the cycling infrastructure elsewhere along Great Ancoats Street.

Providing two drawings with and without cycling infrastructure isn't evidence that cycle lanes are the cause of the negative impact on traffic capacity, correlation does not imply causation, and indeed all the discussion around the various models pointed to the junctions rather than the segregated cycle lanes being the issue.

Would you agree, therefore, that evidence has still not been provided that shows that cycling infrastructure would negatively impact traffic capacity?

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Brindley