Hammersmith Bridge

David Shah made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

Dear Transport for London,

Please provide copies of all communications, suitably redacted, with Hammersmith and Fulham Council over the last month containing "Hammersmith Bridge".

Yours faithfully,

David Shah

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Shah

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0117-1920

 

Thank you for your request received on 11 April 2019 asking for
correspondence about Hammersmith Bridge.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy. 

 

Before we begin to process your request, could you please specify the
scope of the information you require. For example, is there a subject
matter or specific keywords you would like our search to cover such as the
structure of the bridge or bus restrictions?

 

By their nature, emails contain a significant amount of personal data such
as phone numbers and email addresses and so, whilst this process of
redaction does not feature as part of our considerations on whether the
cost limit might apply, the burden created by non-specific requests for
emails is significant and this should be borne in mind before submitting
requests of this nature.

 

We therefore strongly recommend you outline, as clearly and concisely as
possible, precisely the information you require. Requests that lack a
clear focus are more likely to lead to concerns about the processing time
required to meet our obligations under the FOI Act. Please note that we
will not be processing your request until we have received suitable
clarification of the information you require.

 

If we hear nothing further from you by 7 May 2019 your response will be
treated as a new request.

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your
request, please feel free to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

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Dear Gemma,

Thank you for your response. My interest is in the structural surveys done and any communication with Hammersmith & Fulham Council regarding them. I am happy for you to restrict your search to emails containing both the text "Hammersmith Bridge" and the word "structure", and for you to exclude any emails irrelevant to this.

Yours sincerely,

David Shah

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Shah

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0117-1920

 

Thank you for your further e-mail clarifying your request for
correspondence about Hammersmith Bridge.

 

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 13 May 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
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[2]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[3][TfL request email]

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Shah

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0117-1920

 

Thank you for your further e-mail clarifying your request for
correspondence about Hammersmith Bridge.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you require.

 

Please see the attached correspondence for the period requested. In
accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply some of the
correspondence we have had with the Borough as it is subject to a
statutory exemption to the right of access to information under sections
24 and 38.

 

In this instance the exemptions have been applied as disclosure of the
information you have requested could assist persons wishing to disrupt
London’s transport infrastructure by placing into the public domain
information which would otherwise not be available via any accessible
means.

 

The current threat level in the UK remains severe, and there have been
attacks and suspicious devices found recently at transport hubs, including
bridges, in London. The detail provided in some of the correspondence
could be used by persons with nefarious intentions.

 

The correspondence contains very detailed descriptions of the bridge,
structural drawings, and photographs taken during inspections which
provide significant detail as to the condition, material composition,
structure, size and potential strengths and weaknesses that exist on each
bridge. Provision of this information would reduce the opportunity for
intervention as suspicious behaviour is more likely to be detected and
apprehended if an individual cannot access information about security
arrangements and structural information via the internet and instead has
to physically visit a site in order to view and assess the security
arrangements.

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office have issued a Decision Notice
regarding the application of sections 24 and 38 to withhold information.
Whilst the information requested in this case is different to the
information you have requested we believe the same arguments can be
applied:

 

[1]https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

 

The use of these exemptions are 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,
and acknowledge that there is some public interest in this information
from a public safety perspective. However, disclosure of this information
to you has to be regarded as a disclosure to ‘the public at large’. This
information could potentially be obtained and utilised by individuals who
may wish to use this information to cause disruption or harm to London’s
transport infrastructure. In this instance, minimising the risk to
transport infrastructure and protecting the welfare of members of the
general public outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

Additionally, in accordance with our obligations under Data Protection
legislation some information has been withheld from the attached
correspondence, as required by section 40(2) of the FOI Act. This is
because disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the
legislation, specifically the first principle of Article 5 of the General
Data Protection Regulation 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 exemption to the right of access to information is an absolute
exemption and not subject to an assessment of whether the public interest
favours use of the exemption.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please feel free to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[2][TfL request email]

 

 

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