Given the necessity of preserving passenger's routeing flexibility when travelling by train, I would like to request previous copies of the National Routeing Guide, as produced by ATOC. This will allow myself and other members of the public to analyse and, where necessary, question changes that have been made to permitted routes over the years.
Given that it is within the DfT's remit to approve or reject all proposed changes to the Routeing Guide put forth by ATOC, I assume you have copies of every version of the Routeing Guide so that you yourselves can track changes. In the unlikely event that you do not have access to such information, I expect you to request the information from ATOC and keep it in your records.
I am not requesting the 'digital' versions of the Routeing Guide that were produced a few years ago, due to the understandable logistical problems of providing text-based copies of such information. Instead I am only requesting copies of every version of the original paper-based versions and the more recent PDF versions that have been produced since the Routeing Guide's inception.
Dear Mr Jones
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which has been allocated the reference number 9613. A response will be issued to you in due course.
Department for Transport
Information Rights & Records Unit
D/01, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
YOUR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST, REF: F0009613
Please find enclosed a reply to your request.
The information itself will follow in subsequent e-mails. It is unlikely that I will be able to send them all in one go so will endeavour to send them in batches. Please bear with me.
Dear Joe Kerrigan,
Thank you for your reply. It contains a sufficient amount of the information I was looking for and I am more than satisfied with the way in which the Department has handled my request.