Train surfers on your network.

Steven Simmonds made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

In the past ten years how many recorded occurrences of train surfers riding on trains have occurred on TFL trains (London Underground / London Overground / TFL Rail / Docklands Light Railway / Croydon Tram)?

For each occurrence please include:

• The date.

• The time.

• The location.

• The line it happened on.

• The type of train (stock or class of train).

• Whether or not the person was identified and prosecuted.

Many thanks for any help with this.

Yours faithfully,

Steven Simmonds

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Simmonds

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1978-1819

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 26
October 2018.

 

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 23 November 2018.

 

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

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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Dear Mr Simmonds

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1978-1819

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 26
October 2018.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy.  I
can confirm we hold some of the information you require.

 

Unfortunately, to provide the information you have requested would exceed
the ‘appropriate limit’ of £450 set by the Freedom of Information
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

 

Under section 12 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to comply with a
request if we estimate that the cost of determining whether we hold the
information, locating and retrieving it and extracting it from other
information would exceed the appropriate limit. This is calculated at £25
per hour for every hour spent on the activities described.

 

We have estimated that it would considerably exceed the appropriate cost
limit to provide a response to your current request.

 

Firstly, there is no central incident reporting system across all the
areas that you have requested the incident data for. For some modes,
retrieving older data would require going back to the previous service
provider’s records to carry out a manual  trawl of their incident data to
determine which were concerning train surfing incidents. Some records were
held on paper based systems so we would need to visit our physical
archives and retrieve the incident reports for the period in question. In
respect of Trams and DLR, "train surfing" is not a specific category and
therefore it would be difficult to answer your request, without having to
review individual incidents.

 

Please note we do not hold information on whether the person was
prosecuted or not if they are caught. I would recommend you contact the
British Transport Police (BTP) for this information.

 

To help bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450
limit, you may wish to consider narrowing its scope so that we can more
easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking. If
you want to refine your request or make a Freedom of Information Act
request in future, please bear in mind that the Freedom of Information Act
allows you to request recorded information held by Transport for London.
You should identify the information that you want as clearly and concisely
as you can, specifying the types of document that you are looking for. You
might also consider limiting your request to a shorter period of time,
geographical area or specific departments of TfL.

 

Although your request can take the form of a question, rather than a
request for specific documents, TfL does not have to answer your question
if it would require the creation of new information or the provision of a
judgement, explanation, advice or opinion that was not already recorded at
the time of your request.

 

Please note that we will not be taking further action until we receive
your revised request.

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your
request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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