Level Crossing safety equipment queries - Ormskirk Line

S Barrow made this Freedom of Information request to Network Rail Limited

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Dear Network Rail Limited,

I previously posted an FOI request - Level Crossing safety equipment queries - Ormskirk Line. This was allocated an ID of FOI2019/00775

My request was replied to and contained the following information:
"The Level Crossing Manager has confirmed that there is a plan to implement overlay miniature stop lights at all three level crossings in question, Canal Bridge, Prescotts No.3 and Parkers Lane. Although a planned commissioning date has not yet been decided, it has been agreed that authorised users will be notified when this is due to happen. The miniature stop light at Parkers Lane has temporarily been removed as the initial positioning was incorrect."

Following on from my previous FOI request, could I ask the following:

I have noticed that the miniature stop lights were bagged for over a year and have now been removed without ever being used.
Could I ask the reasoning behind the removal of said safety equipment and why they were never used ?
Is there now an alternative plan to make the crossings safer ?
Could I also ask what were / are the costs involved with installing and removal of said safety equipment at these crossings, on the line to Ormskirk.

Yours faithfully,
S Barrow

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Reference number: FOI2020/01220

Dear Mr Barrow

Information request

Thank you for your email of 17 October 2020. I can confirm that your request is being processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) / Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). I will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible and in any event by 13 November 2020.

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Najea Begum | Information Officer
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Dear Mr Barrow

Please find attached our interim response to your recent information request.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Najea Begum | Information Officer
Freedom of Information | Legal & Corporate Services

Network Rail | 1st Floor | Willen Building | The Quadrant: MK
Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN
Telephone: 01908 782405 |
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

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Dear Najea Begum / Network Rail,

Thank you for the reply.
I have no issues waiting a little bit longer for the information to be sourced.

Yours sincerely,

S Barrow

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Reference Number: FOI2020/01220

Dear S. Barrow

Thank you for your patience. Please find attached our response to your information request.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Najea Begum

Information Officer
Freedom of Information | Legal & Corporate Services
The Quadrant: MK | Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN

Email: [email address]
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Dear FOI,

Thank you for replying to my FOI request.
The answers provided give rise to further questions for the sake of clarity.
Would mind clarifying the following please ?
RE: Answer to question 1:
A previous FOI answer (07/08/2019 FOI201900775) provided by Network Rail noted "The miniature stop light at Parkers Lane has temporarily been removed as the initial positioning was incorrect".
Are you now noting that safety equipment was Installed incorrectly at all 3 locations ?
What is meant by 'incorrectly' for each crossing ?

RE: Answer to question 2:
The answer to question 2 notes that the crossings will be getting Miniature Stop Lights installed.
Two of the crossings already had equipment installed for well over a year and were removed earlier this year.
Are you also noting that unsuitable equipment was installed for each of the crossings as well as not being installed correctly ? Can this be clarified please ?

Is Project documentation, suitably redacted, available to view with regards to this project ?
I assume that this documentation would provide further clarity as to why the original equipment specified was not suitable and then removed in order for future equipment to be installed.

Yours sincerely,
S Barrow

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Reference number: FOI2020/01459

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Dear S Barrow

Thank you for your email of 13 December 2020 as a follow up to my response to your previous FOI request. Due to the request for additional documentation, I have logged this as a new request, with a new reference number as highlighted above. For the request for further clarification, I will consult with the relevant colleagues and will answer all parts of your follow up email together in the new response. Although a new deadline has been generated for this request, I will do my best to get the information over to you as quickly as possible.

I can confirm that your request is being processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) / Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). I will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible and in any event by 11 January 2020.

On occasion we may need to consult with third parties about requests, in line with the recommendations in the Code of Practice issued by the Cabinet Office.

If you have any queries please contact me.

Please remember to quote your reference number in all future communications.

Kind regards

Najea Begum

Information Officer
Freedom of Information | Legal & Corporate Services
The Quadrant: MK | Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN

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Email: [email address]
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Dear FOI,
Will the request will be actioned as noted previously?
Thank you in advance
Yours sincerely,
S Barrow

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Dear S Barrow

I can confirm that your follow up request is being actioned. It is currently at our approval and sign off process, I aim to have a response to you this week on 14 January 2021. Thank you for your patience.

Many thanks

Najea Begum
Information Officer
Freedom of Information | Legal & Corporate Services
The Quadrant: MK | Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN

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Dear S Barrow

Please find attached our update to your information request.

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Lindsay
Senior Information Officer

Freedom of Information Team
The Quadrant
Elder Gate
Milton Keynes
MK9 1EN

Telephone: 01908 782405
Email: [Network Rail request email]
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Dear S.Barrow

Please find attached our response to your recent information request.

Due to file size limits on our servers, I am unable to attach all documents to this email. So I will send these through in separate emails and will confirm when the last has been sent.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Najea Begum | Information Officer
Freedom of Information | Legal & Corporate Services

Network Rail | 1st Floor | Willen Building | The Quadrant: MK
Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN
Telephone: 01908 782405 |
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

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Many thanks

Najea Begum | Information Officer
Freedom of Information | Legal & Corporate Services

Network Rail | 1st Floor | Willen Building | The Quadrant: MK
Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN
Telephone: 01908 782405 |
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

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Dear FOI,

Many thanks for sending the documentation and fulfilling the FOI request.
Yours sincerely,
S B