Road Collisions involving TfL Buses for 2013/14 and 2014/15 YTD

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Dear Transport for London,

I would like to request TfL bus collision data for 2014/15
and 2014/15 YTD. For the avoidance of doubt, this a request for an
update to the same data set TfL provided in TfL Ref: 1931-1212,
including a cover sheet showing an annual summary chart updated to
show 2013/14 and 2014/15 YTD data plus detailed spreadsheets for
2013/14 and 2014/15 YTD showing (1) Date of Collision; (2) Operator
name
; 
(3) Summary details of the Collision (i.e., pedestrian,
cyclist,
 vehicle, other) and (4) London Borough where Collision
occurred.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Kearney

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Kearney

TfL Ref: FOI-0123-1516

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 27
April 2015 asking for information about collisions involving buses.

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

A response will be provided to you by 27 May. 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
do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Lee Hill

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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Dear Mr Kearney

TfL Ref: FOI-0123-1516

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 27
April 2015 asking for information about collisions involving buses.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I
apologise for the delay in replying. I can confirm we do hold the
information you require.

We do not regard statistics by operator as a sound basis for comparison or
a reliable indicator of bus operator safety performance as they do not
compare routes of a similar nature. Routes run through busy central or
less congested peripheral parts of London, where vastly different numbers
of pedestrians, motorists and cyclists are encountered. They also do not
take account of the size and changing complexion of route portfolios
companies operate.

The attached spreadsheet provides a broad overview of collisions, but it
should be noted that the figures are based on initial assessments of the
nature and cause of incidents, and are not the outcome of operator
accident investigations. Accident investigations provide the best means of
understanding the circumstances behind incidents and how to minimise them
in future. We actively encourage bus drivers and operators to record all
incidents involving London buses and therefore the vast majority of
recorded collisions will have been of a very minor nature.

A new database was introduced in 2009/10. The new system initially allowed
operators to enter text rather than select a borough from a drop-down
menu. If it was not possible to identify the borough from the information
entered, the words “not specified” were inserted as a default category.
This field was later updated to ensure a London area had to be selected
from a drop-down list. Because of the way the database was previously
configured it has not been possible to provide the borough against all
incidents recorded in 2009/10.

The London bus network comprises more than 8,600 vehicles and operates 490
million kilometres a year across more than 700 bus routes, with 2.4
billion passengers journeys made on our bus network each year.

Quarterly data on incidents since January 2014 involving London Bus
operating companies which resulted in injuries or fatalities is published
on our website at
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publicat...

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate 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

Lee Hill

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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Dear FOI,

The XLS spreadsheet you sent me in your response is corrupted hence none of the 2014-15 Data is visible. Kindly send me an uncorrupted version of the XLS file which includes the 2014-15 Worksheet.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Kearney

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Kearney,

Please see the document re-attached.

I can confirm the 2014-15 data should be visible but if there is further corruption upon its publication on the WhatDoTheyKnow website please let me know and I will try to provide the 2014-15 data in a separate file.

Yours sincerely

Lee Hill
FOI Case Officer

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Dear FOI,

Thank you. No luck.

This is the message I get when I try open it up in Excel on my MAC. I get the same message when I try to open on a DELL.

Repair Result to 1516 P01 FOIC Collisions by Borough FINAL.XLSX-2 07303.xml
Errors were detected in file 'Macintosh HD:Users:tomkearney:Downloads:1516 P01 FOIC Collisions by Borough FINAL.XLSX-2.xlsx'
Replaced Part: /xl/worksheets/sheet8.xml part.

Sheet8 (2014-15) is corrupted somehow.

Can you send me the 2014-15 data in a separate file?

Yours sincerely,

Tom Kearney

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Kearney,

Thanks for getting back to me.

Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused you. As suggested, please
see attached the 2014-15 data presented in a separate file.

I trust this will now resolve the issue but please let me know if there
are any further errors with this.

Yours sincerely

Lee Hill

FOI Case Officer

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for responding so quickly and fixing the problem. I received all the data I requested.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Kearney