Feasibility and costing information in relation to making Wapping Overground station 'step-free'

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Dear Transport for London,

Please provide all available information in regards to making Wapping Overground station 'step-free' from platform to street. This includes items such as feasibility studies, costings, architectural drawings, planning proposals, site surveys, developer submissions, environmental and heritage impact assessments.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Boler

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Boler

TfL Ref: 2897-1819

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 29 January 2019.

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

A response will be sent to you by 26 February 2019. 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 http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

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

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
Information Governance
Transport For London

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Dear Mr Boler

 

TfL Ref: 2897-1819

 

Thank you for your email received by us on 29 January 2019 asking for
information about Wapping Station.

Your request is being considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy.  I
can confirm we do hold some of the information you require.

 

However, in accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act
we are still considering the balance of the public interest in relation to
a qualified exemption that applies to the requested information and have
not yet reached a conclusion. The exemption under consideration is section
43 commercial interests. It is estimated that a decision will be reached
by 27 March 2019 and I will write again to inform you of that decision.

 

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

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

Information Governance

Transport For London

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Boler

 

TfL Ref: 2897-1819

 

Thank you for your email received by us on 29 January 2019 asking for
information about London Overground’s Wapping Station.

 

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

 

all available information in regards to making Wapping Overground station
'step-free' from platform to street. This includes items such as
feasibility studies, costings, architectural drawings, planning proposals,
site surveys, developer submissions, environmental and heritage impact
assessments

 

I can advise that making Wapping step free would cost in excess of £10
million, which is based on other schemes of this type and the complexities
of this location.

 

Please find attached a copy of the Feasibility Study Proposals, Central
Stations Study Report, Preliminary Design Report and the Wapping Station
Form a Outline Design document. Also included is a response given to a
query submitted by a GLA Assembly Member for City and East.

 

Please be aware that in accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to
supply the pricing schedules, proposed budget fees and expenses or
contractor capital and operation expenditure as they are subject to a
statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section
43(2) - commercial interests. Disclosure of this information would be
likely to affect both engineering and design specialist Arup and
engineering consultants Mott Macdonald’s abilities to compete effectively
in current and future tender exercises, as well as the commercial
interests of TfL.

 

Prejudice would be likely to occur when we go out to tender for such
services in the future, because it would be likely to result in a
clustering of bids based on previously negotiated payment rates and these
companies specific service delivery. Releasing this information would also
be prejudicial to both Arup and Mott MacDonald’s ability to compete for
tendering opportunities with TfL and other companies in the future by
placing detail of their companies structure and technical operations into
the public domain.

 

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We
recognise the need for openness and transparency by public authorities,
particularly where the expenditure of public money is concerned, but in
this instance the public interest in ensuring that we are able to obtain
the best value for public money outweighs the general public interest in
increasing transparency of our processes.

 

Additionally, in accordance with TfL’s obligations under Data Protection
Legislation, some personal information has been withheld, as required by
section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. This is because
disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the legislation,
specifically the first principle 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 which would make the
processing ‘fair’. This is an absolute exemption and therefore not subject
to a public interest test.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any 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.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

Information Governance

Transport For London

 

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