full Hope Valley line PIS announcements

Oli made this Freedom of Information request to Northern Trains Limited

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Dear Northern Trains Limited,
could I please have a copy of the full announcements on the Hope valley line (from Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield) including stations rarely used such as Ardwick and belle vue. I have been trying to record them for a while for my own personal project however there is usually background noise on them

Yours faithfully, Oli

$UK ARN - FOI, Northern Trains Limited

Dear Oli,

Thank you for your FOI request. We are handling your request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). Under the terms of the Act you are entitled to a response within 20 working days of receipt. We therefore aim to provide a response no later than 25th May 2020. If we cannot meet this deadline we will let you know the reason and also tell you when you can expect a response.

The FOI Act does require requesters to provide their full names when making requests, if you could please do so?

Yours faithfully

Freedom of Information, Northern Trains

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Dear $UK ARN - FOI,

Oli Kirrage

Yours sincerely,

Oli

$UK ARN - FOI, Northern Trains Limited

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Dear Oli

Please find attached our response to your recent FOI request.

Yours faithfully,

Freedom of Information, Northern Trains

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Dear $UK ARN - FOI,

I was asking for these separate audio files, for the stations listed below:
Sheffield
Dore
Grindleford
Hathersage
bamford
Hope
Edale
Chinley
New Mills Central
Strines
Marple
Romiley
Bredbury
Brinnington
Reddish North
Ryder Brow
Belle Vue
Ashburys
Ardwick
Manchester Piccadilly
as well as all other announcements (that are not stations)

I have been reading through other FOI requests about announcements and have seen your reason to not give these out is due to safety concerns, correct? if so would there be safety concerns about just supplying the above stations and none of the other announcements?

Yours sincerely,

Oli

Dear $UK ARN - FOI,

I am very sorry, as per my previous reply I missed out a few stations. These are:
Levenshulme
Heaton Chapel
Stockport
Davenport
Woodsmoor
Hazel Grove
Gorton
Fairfield
Guide Bridge
Hyde North
Hyde Central
Woodley
Rose Hill Marple

Yours sincerely,

Oli

$UK ARN - FOI, Northern Trains Limited

Dear Oli,

Please see the response provided to you dated 1st May 2020.

Yours faithfully

Freedom of Information, Northern Trains

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Dear $UK ARN - FOI,

It would appear I missed the following section:
Northern’s announcements are not held as “recordings” as such or stored as automated announcements in any central repository which can be released as audio files. The recordings are of segmented words or short phrases and the announcements are produced by digitally typing them into a text-to-speech system, combining previously typed announcements where required. It is therefore not possible to provide audio files of automated announcements as such files do not exist.

Do you have access to the text to speech generator, and I could then use that to create the announcements myself?

Yours sincerely,

Oli

$UK ARN - FOI, Northern Trains Limited

Dear Oli

This technology is licenced to us via a contract with a third party supplier and it is not possible to share or distribute it.

Yours faithfully

Freedom of Information, Northern Trains

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Dear $UK ARN - FOI,

What company is this "third party supplier"

Yours sincerely,

Oli

$UK ARN - FOI, Northern Trains Limited

The company is Ketech Systems Ltd.

Freedom of Information, Northern Trains

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