Dear Transport for London,

according to a recent article in the Observer (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/feb... TfL and LOCOG have refused a request by NHS London to allow the use of the 'games lanes' by ambulances on journeys without blue lights.

I request access to all records connected with this decision, including but not limited to the original response, any internal consideration of it (internal emails, notes, meeting records, draft decisions and consultation responses) as well as the final decision and any follow-up correspondence.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Bimmler

Dear Transport for London,

further to my request, in the second paragraph, the term "original response" should be taken to read "original request".

Yours faithfully,

Michael Bimmler

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Bimmler

 

TfL Ref:  FOI-1680-1112

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 20
February 2012 asking for information about the use of 'games lanes' by
ambulances.

 

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 19 March 2012.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

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Dear Mr Bimmler

 

TfL Ref:  FOI-1680-1112

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 20
February 2012 asking for information about the use of 'Games lanes' by
ambulances.

 

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and TfL’s information access policy. I can confirm
that TfL does hold the information you require. You said:   

 

According to a recent article in the Observer
([1]http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/feb...
TfL and LOCOG have refused a request by NHS London to allow the use of the
'games lanes' by ambulances on journeys without blue lights.

    

I request access to all records connected with this decision, including
but not limited to the original request, any internal consideration of it
(internal emails, notes, meeting records, draft decisions and consultation
responses) as well as the final decision and any follow-up correspondence.

 

NHS London did not put in a formal request for non urgent medical vehicles
to use the Games lanes.  However, all vehicles will be able to use the
Olympic Route Network (ORN) during Games time, including those
transporting non-emergency blood or organs, and TfL has provided
comprehensive data, ([2]www.tfl.gov.uk/2012)  on the impact of the ORN for
couriers to understand how they can plan their routes ahead of time to
minimise disruption. 

 

As no formal request has been received, there has been no consideration or
decision on this issue and therefore no such records are held.

 

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.

 

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached
information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

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Dear Mr Hurt,

many thanks for your response.

Could I please then submit a request for any correspondence between TfL and
1) NHS London
2) London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

regarding the use of the Olympic Route Network / "games lanes" during the Olympic Games?

This includes both electronic and paper-based communication.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Bimmler

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Bimmler

 

TfL Ref:  FOI-1838-1112

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 12
March 2012 asking for any correspondence between

TfL and NHS London / London Ambulance Service NHS Trust regarding the use
of the Olympic Route Network / "games lanes" during the Olympic Games?

 

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 12 April 2012.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Bimmler

 

TfL Ref:  FOI-1838-1112

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 12
March 2012 asking for correspondence between TfL and the NHS regarding the
use of the Olympic Route Network.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and TfL’s information access policy.
I can confirm TfL does hold the information you require. You asked for:

 

Any correspondence between TfL and:

 

1) NHS London

2) London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

    

regarding the use of the Olympic Route Network / "games lanes" during the
Olympic Games?

 

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.

 

Your current request would involve searching the emails and paper records
of all TfL staff who may have had contact with NHS London or the London
Ambulance Service and as the London Games approach a huge amount of this
correspondence would make reference in some way to the Olympic Route
Network or Games Lanes.

 

To reiterate our previous response, NHS London has not put in a formal
request for non urgent medical vehicles to use the Games lanes and
therefore there has been no consideration or decision on this issue and so
no such records are held.

 

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 have specific questions that you would like answered then we would
be happy to try and address these.

 

Alternatively we may be able to provide a response if you could focus your
request by limiting it, for instance, to one department  or a restricted
timeframe, as well as whether you want information relating to current
employees or former employees.

 

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

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries please feel free to contact me.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

 

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