Piccadilly Line announcements

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Dear Transport for London,

Would it please be possible to look whether it is possible to provide sound files for the historic digitised announcer used on Piccadilly Line trains.

I am specifically referring to the male voice (my understanding is it was voiced by a Piccadilly Line train operator) first used when the trains were refurbished in the mid 1990s, and which was replaced during the mid 2000s.

To clarify, I am NOT referring to the current announcements voiced by Julie Berry which I believe have already been released.

Many thanks for taking the time to look in to this request.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Hanson

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Hanson

TfL Ref: 0984-2223

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 15 July 2022. Please accept my apologies for the delay in acknowledging your correspondence.

We will aim to issue a response by 11 August 2022 in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy.

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 http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

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

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London
 

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Dear Transport for London,

Many thanks for the acknowledgement and for looking into this request.

Look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Hanson

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Hanson

 

TfL Ref: 0984-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 15
July 2022 asking for information about sound files for the historic
digitised announcer used on Piccadilly Line trains.

 

We would like to advise that we are refusing your request under section
14(1) of the Act. This is because we are unable to provide these audio
recordings without an exhaustive search across London Underground
Limited/TfL to determine if and where they may be held. To clarify, our
sound files are not held in any central repository and in the event that
any sound files are located, we would also need to manually review the
associated individual contracts under which these recordings are provided
to ascertain whether the release of any files is permissible within the
agreements in place.

This is information in which there is very limited public interest but
would require significant resource to locate, extract and collate the
information you have requested. Whilst transparency and openness is a
vital part of our work, the work involved in providing the requested
information would therefore place an unreasonable burden on us. Our
principal duty is to provide an effective transport service for London and
we consider that answering this request would represent a disproportionate
effort.  It would be a significant distraction from our work managing the
TfL network, requiring re-allocation of already limited resources and
placing an unacceptable burden on a small number of personnel. We do wish
to clarify that whilst we consider that your request falls under section
14(1) of the FOI Act, this does not reflect a conclusion that it has been
your intention to deliberately place an undue burden on our resources.

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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