FOI request detail

Electrical black box on woodland Road E4

Request ID: FOI-0375-2324
Date published: 26 May 2023

You asked

There is a new black TfL control box next to a new black post approximately 10ft high. There are also a number of these appearing in side roads locally. Can you tell me what they are for? They are not a problem, just interested.

We answered

TfL Ref: 0375-2324

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 4 May 2023 asking for information about the purpose of an electrical power supply box and pole installed on Woodland Road, E4.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. You asked: What (is) the purpose of the newly installed TfL control box was at the end of Woodland Road, E4.

I can confirm that we hold the information you require.  However, in accordance with the FOI Act we are not obliged to supply this information as it is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under Section 31(1)(a) Law Enforcement which relates to all aspects of the prevention and detection of crime.
In this instance the exemption applies as disclosure of the information you have requested would describe the inner workings of our highways management systems and the purposes they serve for various technology related means.

Disclosure of this information could be used by those seeking to disrupt the running of our transport network, which in turn is critical to the overall efficacy of London’s highways and in particular, the Transport for London Road Network - the capital’s red routes.
The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We recognise the need for openness and transparency by public authorities, but in this instance we consider that there is greater public interest in safeguarding our infrastructure highway systems and their various functions.

Replies under the FOI Act have to be considered as disclosures to the public at large. Whilst we make no suggestion that your request is not made in good faith, given the concerns we have outlined, we believe that there is greater public interest in withholding specific information regarding our infrastructure, while making the best use of public funds in protecting the security and operations of our network.

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

Yours sincerely
Sara Thomas
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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