Request for the sound files of the old 1996 stock Jubilee Line automated announcements before the 2016 changes to them.

Thomas Broward made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by Transport for London.

Dear Transport for London,

Good morning.

A while ago in response to an FOI request made by somebody else you have uploaded the ZIP files of all of the automated announcements for the Jubilee and Northern and Piccadilly lines.

This is the FOI request that i am referring to here:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

I have had a look at these files which are very interesting however one thing i noticed is that you included both the new and old Northern Line announcements (both before and after you changed some of the wording and added a few new ones) but you only included the new Jubilee Line announcements but not the old ones. I remember that at some time during 2016 you changed the Jubilee Line announcements (i imagine that this was probably around the same time you changed the Northern Line announcements too) to slightly modify the wording and add a few new announcements. So i would just like to request if you can please send me the old Jubilee Line announcement files from before 2016 before they got changed.

So under the FOI Act i am just requesting the old sound files of the Jubilee Line announcements from before the changes and modifications took place in 2016 please. If you could attach them as files (like as MP3 or ZIP or whatever) like you did for the other requestor that would be great. This would be much appreciated if you could provide these.

I wish you all at TFL a Happy New Year and i do look forward to your reply.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Broward

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Broward

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1990-2021

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 4
January 2021, asking for historic Jubilee line announcements.

 

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Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Broward

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1990-2021

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 4
January 2021, asking for historic Jubilee line announcements.

 

Your requests have been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you require.

 

However we are not obliged to supply these audio files as the information
is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information
under section 43(2). In this instance section 43(2) has been applied as
disclosure of the information requested would be likely to prejudice the
commercial interests of TfL and/or the company used to provide the
recordings.

 

The recordings are solely to be used for the purpose for which they were
created and for broadcast on the London Underground network only. If TfL
were to disclose these recordings in response to an FOI request, it would
constitute an actionable breach of contract and would be likely to result
in a valid legal claim against London Underground or the license to use
the recordings being withdrawn, which would impose additional,
unnecessary, costs. TfL wishes to protect its commercial interests and
ability to participate in future commercial activity. The disclosure of
this information would be to the detriment of present and future business
activities for both parties.

 

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. TfL
recognises the need for openness and transparency within public
authorities and the degree of public interest concerning London transport
announcements in light of the recent disclosure of iBus announcements.
However, in this instance this is outweighed by the damage that would be
done to TfL’s ability to use these recordings and any future contractual
negotiations that may take place regarding the London Underground
announcements.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

 

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