FIP International Free Passes

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Network Rail Limited

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Dear Network Rail,

Please give the names and job descriptions of Network Rail staff, active and retired, who currently hold FIP INTERNATIONAL FREE PASSES. Please also provide that information for retired staff of Railtrack and British Rail who hold same.

Yours faithfully,

James Smith

Chris Hogan left an annotation ()

I'm afraid this request is a bit of a muddle. There is no such thing as a FIP International Free Pass. You either mean a FIP Reduced Rate card or a International Travel Coupon, the latter is issued on a 'per holiday' basis and is not a free pass in the accepted sense.
Secondly NRIL doesn't adminster travel facilities; this is the preserve of ATOC Ltd. that is a trade association of the TOCs and NRIL.
Thirdly you are asking for personal data that isn't permitted under the FOI Act.
Suggest you withdraw your request.

James Smith left an annotation ()

Hello Chris,
Thank you for your input.
FIP International Free passes are not common but are issued by European rail operators, including those in Britain, to their most senior executive directors.
You can see reference to them here in the archived ATOC manual: http://nfm16.nationalrail.s3-website-eu-...
This is what they look like:
'Unlike other International travel facilities documents, UK Rail Industry Staff who hold International Free Passes may use these to travel on National Rail services.'

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Dear Mr Smith

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request, which I am sending on behalf of my colleague Catherine Leach.

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Yours sincerely

Colin Bendall
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Freedom of Information Team
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