Request for information concerning the closure of the Humber Bridge to cyclists and pedestrians

Duncan Dollimore made this Freedom of Information request to Humber Bridge Board

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Duncan Dollimore

Dear Humber Bridge Board,

On 3 April 2021 the Humber Bridge Board (the Board) announced its decision (the decision) to close the combined foot / cycleway (the footway) across the Humber bridge (the bridge).

In relation to the decision, please confirm whether, and if so provide a written copy:

1. There is a written record of the decision and the reasons for it.
2. The Board considered its network management duty under the Traffic Management Act (TMA) 2004, and the statutory guidance issued under section 18 of the TMA.
3. Any equality impact assessment was undertaken, and if not, why not, and how the Board has complied with its equality duty in the absence of such an assessment.
4. What if any adjustments the Board has introduced since closing the footway to accommodate the needs of disabled cyclists and pedestrians needing to cross the bridge.

In 2009, the Board installed higher barriers along part of the footway as part of a trial scheme (the trial).

In relation to the trial, please confirm whether, and if so provide a written copy:

5. Any report or evaluation was prepared.
6. There are any minutes or records of meetings during or post the trial which confirm what if any safety and prevention measures were discussed, rejected or agreed.

I am conscious that the Board has taken the view historically that it is not subject to the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, however it has acknowledged within its annual reports its responsibility for public funds and the need to ensure transparency and accountability. The Board has therefore responded in the past to FoI requests.

For the avoidance of doubt however, should the Board decide not to respond to this request as an FoI request, please reconsider this request as a request for information under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004, given that the Board does meet the definition of public administration under the EIR.

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Dollimore
Head of campaigns, Cycling UK

Humber Bridge Mail, Humber Bridge Board

Thank you for getting in touch with the Humber Bridge.
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best support you - we advise that:

* If your queries relate to, paying your toll, HumberTAG, late fees or
Motability/Concessions - please email your query to
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* If your query relates to an unpaid toll notification please email
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* You may also find a solution for your queries by reading our
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For all other enquiries, we will come back to within 7-10 days.
Thank you in advance for your patience regarding this matter.

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Duncan Dollimore

Dear Humber Bridge Board,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Humber Bridge Board's handling of my FOI request 'Request for information concerning the closure of the Humber Bridge to cyclists and pedestrians'.

I submitted my request on 16 April, and the time period for responding expired on 17 May. I have yet to receive any information save for an acknowledgement, and a separate letter dated 23 April from Andrew Arundel, Chief Operating Officer, indicating that the Board intended to respond within the timescales provided by the Act (17 May).

I look forward to hearing from you within the next 14 days, given that some of the information sought was first requested in my letter to the Board dated 8 April, nearly seven weeks ago.

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Dollimore,
Head of campaigns, Cycling UK

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

Humber Bridge Mail, Humber Bridge Board

Thank you for getting in touch with the Humber Bridge.
We are currently experiencing an extremely high volume of emails so to
best support you - we advise that:

* If your queries relate to, paying your toll, HumberTAG, late fees or
Motability/Concessions - please email your query to
[1][email address] or you can create a contact form through the
HumberTAG website [2]here
* If your query relates to an unpaid toll notification please email
[3][email address]. Your fees will be frozen from the date
you have contacted us. However, if you continue to check the website
the system will show them accumulating - please do not be concerned.
* You may also find a solution for your queries by reading our
FAQ's [4]here

For all other enquiries, we will come back to within 7-10 days.
Thank you in advance for your patience regarding this matter.

References

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1. mailto:[email address]
2. https://www.humbertag.com/portal/pages/a...
3. mailto:[email address]
4. https://www.humberbridge.co.uk/humber-br...