Dear Transport for London,

1) Please could you send me specific route details incl roads traversed and stops served for the Rail Replacement Bus services used for the Northern Line closure on 23rd April, between Archway and Finchley Central/Mill Hill East/High Barnet.

2) Any minutes of meetings discussing this rail replacement bus service.

3) Any correspondence between TfL and external bodies e.g Metroline regarding this rail replacement service.

4) Details of any route tests undertaken for the rail replacement bus routes. If none were done this time, please include the most recent route test for a previous Northern Line closure where a replacement bus service was needed along the same route that was traversed on 23rd April.

5) Was the iBus system used during the rail replacement bus service?

Lastly, If my FOI request exceeds the statutory limit of £400, please answer as many questions as you can within the budget in this order of priority, 4,1,2,3,5.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Kieran

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Kieran

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0204-1617

 

Thank you for your e-mail received on 25 April 2016 asking for information
about rail replacement buses.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act/ Environmental Information Regulations and
TfL’s information access policy.

 

A response will be provided to you by 24 May 2016. 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.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
feel free to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[2][TfL request email]

 

 

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Dear Mr Kieran

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0204-1617

 

Thank you for your e-mail received on 25 April 2016 asking for information
about rail replacement buses.

 

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 hold some of the information you require. You asked:

 

1)    Please could you send me specific route details incl roads traversed
and stops served for the Rail Replacement Bus services used for the
Northern Line closure on 23rd April, between Archway and Finchley
Central/Mill Hill East/High Barnet.

2)    Any minutes of meetings discussing this rail replacement bus
service.

 

Please find attached the Notice of Rail Replacement. No separate minutes
or additional correspondence regarding the routeing and stopping points
along rail replacement bus service are held.

 

The closure was discussed at the Alternative Transport Working Group
meeting held on 03 November 2015. Items 2.1 last entry, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6 and
2.8 cover each weekend of the closure. The closure was similar to the last
one that operated on 12/13 April 2014 where similar bus services were
provided so the proposal was that the same bus service structure should
apply. Please find the meeting minutes attached.

 

3)    Any correspondence between TfL and external bodies e.g Metroline
regarding this rail replacement service.

 

Please find attached the correspondence between us and Metroline for the
Northern Line services. These e-mails discuss the anticipation of needing
to run additional trips to Mill Hill East because of a Saracens Rugby
fixture. Because the regular Service C route is only suitable for single
deck buses the double-decker buses have to go a different way, hence we
were exploring iBus messaging. An Invitation to Tender for these services
was sent out on 5 February 2016.

 

4)    Details of any route tests undertaken for the rail replacement bus
routes. If none were done this time, please include the most recent route
test for a previous Northern Line closure where a replacement bus service
was needed along the same route that was traversed on 23rd April.

 

Please find attached a route survey undertaken in February 2016.

 

Please note that in accordance with TfL’s obligations under the Data
Protection Act 1998 (DPA) some personal data has been removed from these
documents, as required by section 40(2) of the FOI Act. This is because
disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the DPA,
specifically the first principle of the DPA 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 of
Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act which would make the processing
‘fair’.

 

5)    Was the iBus system used during the rail replacement bus service?

 

The service was awarded with provision of iBus as requested in item 5
,however, on 09/10 April, this was not provided.

 

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 as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

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