Sandilands Incident Review Board

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Dear Transport for London,

Following up on data provided by the Mayor of London on 27 December 2018 (part 4 of Question 2018/2658 https://www.london.gov.uk/questions/2018...), an email dated 04 July 2018 from the Secretariat Officer of the Safety, Sustainability and Human Resources (SSHR) Panel to TfL’s Director of Health Safety and Environment and General Council refers to a "Sandilands Incident Review Board."

- When was the Sandilands Incident Review Board created?
- Who served on the Sandilands Incident Review Board?
- What was the Sandilands Incident Review Board’s Terms of Reference?
- What were the exact meeting dates of the Sandilands Incident Review Board?
- Please provide me with all Notes, Minutes and Action Lists produced by and in relation to decisions made by the Sandilands Incident Review Board

Yours faithfully,

Tom Kearney

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Kearney

 

Our Ref:         FOI-3281-1819

 

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Dear Mr Kearney

 

Our Ref:         FOI-3281-1819

 

Thank you for your request received on 5 March 2019 asking for information
about the Sandilands Incident Review Board.

 

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 for:

 

Following up on data provided by the Mayor of London on 27 December 2018
(part 4 of Question 2018/2658
[1]https://www.london.gov.uk/questions/2018...), an email dated 04 July
2018 from the Secretariat Officer of the Safety, Sustainability and Human
Resources (SSHR) Panel to TfL’s Director of Health Safety and Environment
and General Council refers to a "Sandilands Incident Review Board."

 

·         When was the Sandilands Incident Review Board created?

 

The Sandilands Review Board is an internal meeting to discuss
non-operational issues related to the tram overturning at Sandilands,
including claims and legal advice.  It began meeting shortly after 9
November 2016 and has met regularly since then. 

 

·         Who served on the Sandilands Incident Review Board?

 

It comprised representatives from General Counsel, TfL Legal, TfL Group
Insurance, Safety, London Trams, Media, Customer Strategy (Sarah Hope
Line) and Corporate Affairs.

 

·         What was the Sandilands Incident Review Board’s Terms of
Reference?

 

There are no formal terms of reference. The purpose is to enable legal
advice to be given and relevant information including updates on progress
to be shared efficiently and to enable discussion and co-ordination of
actions.

 

·         What were the exact meeting dates of the Sandilands Incident
Review Board?

 

Please see the attached list of dates.

 

·         Please provide me with all Notes, Minutes and Action Lists
produced by and in relation to decisions made by the Sandilands Incident
Review Board

 

In accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply some of the
information as it is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of
access to information under section 42. In this instance the exemption has
been applied as the information you have requested relates directly to the
seeking, provision, and result of legal advice.

 

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There is a very strong element of public interest inbuilt into the concept
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confidence as a fundamental condition on which the administration of
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Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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