Major Projects' Cost and Schedule Information

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Network Rail Limited should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Network Rail:

I am writing to you under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Freedom of Information 2000 to request the following information of (1) Birmingham New Street Station Renovation, (2) Border Railway Project, (3) Derby Station Area Remodelling, (4) Dr Days Junction to Filton Abbey Wood Capacity Improvements, (5) Gospel Oak to Barking Electrification, (6) Kings Cross Station Improvements, (7) North Trans Pennine Electrification, and (8) North West Electrification (Northern Hub) from Network Rail:

1. Application for Full Approval. If Application for Full Approval is not available, please provide Full Business Case.
2. Information on (1) date in service. (2) completed construction costs, (3) completed land related costs, (4) completed finance costs (if any), and (5) completed other significant costs.

Please provide the information electronically.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by Regulation 5.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully,
Jungwoo Jung

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Reference number: FOI2019/00569

Dear Mr Jung

Information request

Your correspondence was received by Network Rail on 24 May 2019. 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 24 June 2019 .

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 do not hesitate to contact me.

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

Yours sincerely

Joanne West
Information Officer

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

Telephone : 07711 600283
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/FOI/

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Reference number: FOI201900569

 

Dear Jungwoo Jung,

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Danielle Stratton | Information Officer

Freedom of Information Team | Legal & Corporate Services

 

[1]Network Rail | The Quadrant: MK | Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN

External 01908 782 405 | Internal 085 22405 | Email
[2][Network Rail request email] |

Web [3]http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your reply for 20th June 2019.

1. Birmingham New Street and Kings Cross
Birmingham New Street Gateway Project (New Station) is the one I am interested in. Regarding Kings Cross Station Improvements, I had in mind the following (I think both of them refer the same project):
https://www.networkrailconsulting.com/as...
https://www.theguardian.com/business/201...

2. Significant Costs
Significant Costs = Total Cost - Construction Cost - Land Cost - Finance Cost

3. Refusing Request as Manifestly Unreasonable
Since you suggested my request is likely to be refused on cost grounds unless I narrow my request to one or two specific completed projects where you have already identified information from previous FOI
requests, please explain how my request places an unreasonable burden on your resources by providing (if it does not add up to the cost grounds for refusal) :
(1) your search strategy, for example:
- whether it has carried out any searches for the requested information;
- whether it has based its estimate on a random or representative sampling exercise;
- which departments or members of staff have been contacted;
- the search terms used when querying electronic records;
(2) why it needs to search the files/records it has referred to;
(3) how the information is stored, for example, whether the information is held in paper or electronic files;
(4) how many files, boxes, documents, records or emails need to be reviewed and;
(5) how long it would take to determine whether the requested information is held or to locate, retrieve and extract it. For example, it is useful to detail the size of the relevant files; the average length of time it would take to review each file and the number of staff required.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Jungwoo Jung

Dear FOI,

Correction as follows.
2. "Other" Significant Costs
"Other" Significant Costs = Total Cost - Construction Cost - Land Cost - Finance Cost

Yours sincerely,

Jungwoo Jung

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Reference number: FOI2019/00692

 

Dear Jungwoo Jung

 

Information request

 

Your correspondence was received by Network Rail on 21 June 2019. I can
confirm that your request is being processed under the terms of the
Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). I will endeavour to respond
to you as soon as possible and in any event by 22 July 2019.

 

I understand your request to be the following:

 

I am writing to you under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
and the Freedom of Information 2000 to request the following information
of:

 

(1)    Birmingham New Street Station Renovation - Birmingham New Street
gateway project (new station).

(2)    Border Railway Project

(3)    Derby Station Area Remodelling

(4)    Dr Days Junction to Filton Abbey Wood Capacity Improvements

(5)    Gospel Oak to Barking Electrification

(6)    Kings Cross Station Improvements – I had in mind the following (I
think both of them refer the same project):

[1]https://www.networkrailconsulting.com/as...

[2]https://www.theguardian.com/business/201...

(7)  North Trans Pennine Electrification

(8)  North West Electrification (Northern Hub)

 

From Network Rail:

 

1.       Application for Full Approval.  If Application for Full Approval
is not available, please provide Full Business Case. 

 

2.       Information on:

a)      date in service

b)      completed construction costs

c)       completed land related costs

d)      completed finance costs (if any)

e)      completed other significant costs. By other" Significant Costs I
mean the total cost minus construction cost, minus land cost, minus
finance cost

 

If I have misunderstood your request in any way, please let me know as
soon as possible.

 

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 do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Anisha Pandya | Information Officer

Freedom of Information | Legal & Corporate Services

 

Network Rail | 1st Floor | Willen Building | The Quadrant: MK

Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN

Telephone: 07734650876

Email: [Network Rail request email]

Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

Just in case you can locate neither Application for Full Approval nor Business Case, any government approval documents to go ahead with a project are acceptable as long as they provide estimated schedule and cost information before the start of construction. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Jungwoo Jung

FOI, Network Rail Limited

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Reference number: FOI2019/00692

 

Dear Jungwoo Jung

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

If you have any queries please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Emma Meadows

Information Officer

 

Freedom of Information Team

The Quadrant

Elder Gate

Milton Keynes

MK9 1EN

 

Telephone: 01908 782405

Email: [1][Network Rail request email]

Web: [2]http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

 

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Reference number: FOI2019/00692

 

Dear Jungwoo Jung

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

If you have any queries please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Emma Meadows

Information Officer

 

Freedom of Information Team

The Quadrant

Elder Gate

Milton Keynes

MK9 1EN

 

Telephone: 01908 782405

Email: [1][Network Rail request email]

Web:
[2]https://www.networkrail.co.uk/who-we-are...

 

 

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Dear FOI,

You responded that you estimated 16 hours to locate business cases or any governmental approval documents and 28 hours to retrieve cost information. And you further argued that my Environmental Information Request creates unreasonable burden on Network Rail so that you refused to fulfill my request. If I refine my request and ask only business cases or any governmental approval documents which require 16 hours of work , will you fulfill my request? If so, please, proceed with my refined request. Otherwise, I request an internal review. Please, let me know how you would like to proceed. Thank you.

Jungwoo Jung

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Dear Jungwoo Jung

Reference number: FOI2019/00927
Information request

Thank you very much for your email, which we received on 21 August 2019.

Thank you also for your suggestion to proceed with a narrowed request for business case information which could be reviewed and considered for disclosure within a reasonable amount of time.

The information I had brought together at the point I refused your previous request (FOI2019/00692) does contain some business case information. The business case for the Birmingham New Street Gateway Project that I have located is over 700 pages long; we cannot say if this is the full business case (which would be held by Birmingham City Council rather than Network Rail), but this is clearly a significant amount of information. While it is a sizeable, I consider that a request for this business case would be a manageable and reasonable request.

We will therefore proceed with a narrowed request for the Birmingham New Street Gateway Project business case if this is acceptable to you.

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 19 September 2019.

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.

Yours sincerely

Emma Meadows
Information Officer

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

Telephone: 01908 782405
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: www.networkrail.co.uk/foi

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Dear FOI,

Last week, I sent a message to you reminding that I had narrowed my request to business cases of 8 projects, not a business case of the Birmingham New Street Gateway Project which you had already located during your estimate. As I have not heard anything so far, I am concerned if my message went through. Please, confirm that you are proceeding with all 8 business cases. Just in case you intend to proceed with only 1 business case, I request an internal review. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Jungwoo Jung

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Dear Jungwoo Jung

Reference number: FOI2019/00959
Information request

Thank you for confirmation of your request, which was received on 28 August 2019. I am sorry that we did not receive your earlier email; I checked on the What Do They Know website too and could not locate your correspondence on there - perhaps there has been a systems error. However, now you have confirmed that you are seeking the eight business cases for the projects listed in your earlier request, FOI2019/00692, I have logged this as a new request - the reference number is FOI2019/00959.

As you can see from my previous correspondence, I previously logged my suggestion of the Birmingham Gateway Project business case as a new request, reference number FOI2019/00927. As you have confirmed your requirements as being different to this suggestion, I will now close this earlier request and proceed with your new request for all eight business cases received on 28 August 2019.

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 25 September 2019.

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.

Yours sincerely

Emma Meadows
Information Officer

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

Telephone: 01908 782405
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: www.networkrail.co.uk/foi

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Reference number: FOI2019/00959

 

Dear Jungwoo Jung

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

If you have any queries please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Angharad Morgan

Information Officer

 

Freedom of Information Team

The Quadrant

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 Network Rail Limited,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Network Rail Limited's handling of my FOI request 'Major Projects' Cost and Schedule Information'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

Jungwoo Jung

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Dear Jung Woo Jung,

Thank you for your email of 25 September 2019 regarding the response to request FOI2019/00959, which I will deal with as an internal review under our complaints procedure.

The purpose of the internal review procedure is to provide a fair, thorough and independent review of the handling of your request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

In accordance with regulation 11(4) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, I will complete the review no later than 40 working days from the date of your complaint, in this case by 20 November 2019.

If you have any queries about the internal review, please contact me quoting reference FOI2019/01065

Yours sincerely

Danielle Stratton | Information Officer
Freedom of Information Team | Legal Corporate & Commercial

Network Rail | The Quadrant: MK | Elder Gate | Milton Keynes | MK9 1EN
External 01908 782 405 | Internal 085 22405 | Email [Network Rail request email] |
Web http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

Please note I do not work on Mondays

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