travel within the Blue Zone for concessionary pass holders from another LA.

Wayne Pearsall made this Freedom of Information request to West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive

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The request was partially successful.

Wayne Pearsall

Dear West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive,

By "Blue Zone" I refer to: http://www.networkwestmidlands.com/mobil... ->
http://www.networkwestmidlands.com/Uploa...

I am writing to gain information on the elegibility of a Concessionary pass holder issued by another local authority to use free rail and metro services within the "Blue Zone".

http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200284/r... States:

"If you live in Sandwell, these passes allow you to travel for free at certain times on the bus, train and the Metro tram system."

If a person holds a concessionary pass issued by another Local Authority, are they able to travel within the "Blue Zone".

I note that in Warwickshire, the pass only covers local bus services. Can you confirm as to whether the pass also extends to the same services as covered by a pass issued by Centro within Birmingham/W Mids.

I note that if a person travelling from the West Midlands into Warwickshire (or beyond) only pays for travel from Earlswood / Dorridge onwards.

Does the same principle apply for concessionary pass holders issued by another LA?

IE: Travelling from Stratford upon Avon/Warwick/ETC does the pass holder simply pay from their departure station to the first station inside of the "Blue Zone"?
IE: Warwick -> Dorridge (with Dorridge -> Birmingham being covered by the LA Concessionary pass?)

I have asked this question numerous times within local rail offices, and they have been unable to confirm the situation with me.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Tracey Sandel, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive

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Dear Mr. Pearsall,

 

Thank you for your request for information, Please find our
acknowledgement attached herewith.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Tracey Sandel
Legal Executive

Direct Dial: 0121 214 7105
Direct Fax: 0121 214 7917
Website: [1]www.centro.org.uk

 

Centro, Centro House, 16 Summer Lane. Birmingham, B19 3SD

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Tracey Sandel, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive

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Dear Mr. Pearsall,

 

Your request for information has now been considered. Please find our
response attached herewith.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Tracey Sandel
Legal Executive

Direct Dial: 0121 214 7105
Direct Fax: 0121 214 7917
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Dear West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive's handling of my FOI request 'travel within the Blue Zone for concessionary pass holders from another LA.'.

Do you store any policy notices ETC which confirm your response?

I asked for information you hold in regards to my enquiry... This means information and evidence to backup the requested information.

I find it quite discriminative that just because I live outside of the west midlands that I cannot use the same services for the same price as others in a simular situation to myself. Even more so considering that Birmingham is the second largest city within the UK, and is a major economic centre within Europe (not just the UK).

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/tr...

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Tracey Sandel, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive

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Dear Mr. Pearsall,

Thank you for your request for an internal review in relation to the above request. Please find our acknowledgement attached.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Sandel
Legal Executive

Direct Dial: 0121 214 7105
Direct Fax: 0121 214 7917Website: www.centro.org.uk

Centro, Centro House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD

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Dear Tracey Sandel,

REF: FOI 315...

any sign of the IR response?

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Pearsall

Tracey Sandel, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive

Thank you for your email. I am currently away from the office returning on Monday 8th July If your email requires urgent attention, please contact the following:
Elisabeth Tomlinson, [email address]
Tel: 0121 214 7356

Kind regards,

Tracey Sandel
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Dear West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive,

see message below...

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Dear Tracey Sandel,

REF: FOI 315...

any sign of the IR response?

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Pearsall

Donna Fitzgerald, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive

Dear Mr Pearsall

Tracey is on annual leave until Monday, so I will ask her to come back to you then with an update.

Kindest regards

Donna Fitzgerald
Legal Services Co-ordinator

Direct Dial: 0121 214 7009
Direct Fax: 0121 214 7917Website: www.centro.org.uk

Centro, Centro House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD

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Dear Donna Fitzgerald,

Surely tracey its not the only person who can chase up
The ir response.
Yours sincerely,

Wayne Pearsall

Donna Fitzgerald, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive

Dear Mr Pearsall

Tracey is our Freedom of Information Officer and I assist her when she is on leave. I have noted from the file that Tracey is awaiting information from an internal department. I chased again for this information yesterday and we will provide you with a further update on Monday.

Kindest regards

Donna Fitzgerald
Legal Services Co-ordinator

Direct Dial: 0121 214 7009
Direct Fax: 0121 214 7917Website: www.centro.org.uk

Centro, Centro House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD

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Dear Donna Fitzgerald,

I assume that another person is actually conducting the IR (as per ICO guidelines...) Tracy has had involvement in my original request, and therefore she is not "impartial"...

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Pearsall

Nichola Vine, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive

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Dear Mr Pearsall,

 

Your request for an internal review on the handling of your freedom of
information request has now been considered, and I would apologise for the
slight delay in responding.

 

Please find my response attached herewith.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Nichola Vine
Head of Legal & Procurement Services

Direct Dial: 0121 214 7435
[mobile number]
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