TFL investigation into DFT's minor roads benchmarking exercise

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Dear Transport for London,

In the TFL report "Travel in London 13" it is noted on page 92 (Section 3.9) that, following the DfT's minor road traffic benchmarking exercise, TFL "are currently working through how the DfT have made this assessment, and also what this could mean for London data sets". It also notes that the TFL traffic data in the report will be unchanged "pending further investigation of this revision with the DfT".

Please can you share any emails, notes or minutes of minutes between TFL and DfT regarding this minor road traffic benchmarking exercise, and any internal emails, notes or minutes regarding TfL's concerns regarding the new DfT traffic figures for London, and any emails, notes or minutes regarding this investigation with the DfT?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lomax

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Lomax

TfL Ref: 1884-2021

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Dear Mr Lomax

TfL Ref: 1884-2021

Thank you again for your email received by TfL on 16 December 2020. You have asked for information about the DFT's minor roads benchmarking exercise, as referenced in TfL's Travel in London report. Your request is being considered under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs).

Unfortunately because of its complexity, we have been unable to resolve your request within the initial statutory 20 working day deadline. This is because we are in the process of finalising our response.

To enable us to fully consider your request, in accordance with the EIRs we have had to extend the deadline for providing a response to 40 working days from the date we received your request. The amended date for a final response is now 16 February 2021. We are working hard to ensure that you receive a response before this date.

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Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London
 

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Dear Mr Lomax

 

TfL Ref: 1884-2021

 

Thank you for your request received by us on 16 December 2020 asking for
information about the Government’s Department for Transport’s (DfT) minor
road traffic benchmarking exercise.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information regulations and our information access
policy. I can confirm that we hold some of the information you require.
You asked for the following information:

 

In the TFL report "Travel in London 13" it is noted on page 92 (Section
3.9) that, following the DfT's minor road traffic benchmarking exercise,
TFL "are currently working through how the DfT have made this assessment,
and also what this could mean for London data sets". It also notes that
the TFL traffic data in the report will be unchanged "pending further
investigation of this revision with the DfT".

 

Please can you share any emails, notes or minutes of minutes between TFL
and DfT regarding this minor road traffic benchmarking exercise, and any
internal emails, notes or minutes regarding TfL's concerns regarding the
new DfT traffic figures for London, and any emails, notes or minutes
regarding this investigation with the DfT?

 

Please see the attached requested correspondence. It should be noted that
our discussions with the DfT are in the nature of technical discussion
between peers. Furthermore, we have committed to reporting the results of
this in the Travel in London report 14, due to be published in November
2021. In the interim, we shall be reviewing our own internal statistics in
light of this development

 

In accordance with our obligations under Data Protection legislation some
information has been withheld, as required by regulation 13 of the EIR.
This is because disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the
legislation, specifically the first principle of Article 5 of the General
Data Protection Regulation which requires all processing of personal data
to be fair and lawful. It would not be fair to disclose this personal
information when the individuals have no expectation it would be disclosed
and TfL has not satisfied one of the conditions which would make the
processing ‘fair’. This exemption to the right of access to information is
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public interest favours use of the regulation.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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