Freedom of Information request - Maps of Elizabeth line stations between Paddington and Abbey Wood
Request ID: FOI-0473-2223 Date published: 23 June 2022
Dear Transport for London,
Please provide all maps, diagrams, and floor plans of the Elizabeth line stations between and including Paddington and Abbey Wood (including Bond Street).
Our ref: FOI-0473-2223/GH
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 27 May 2022 asking for information about Elizabeth Line stations.
Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.
However, we are refusing your request under section 14(1) of the Act. We consider that answering this request would place an unreasonable burden on our staff, and would require the redirection of limited specialist resources and the attention of staff away from their core functions of operating public transport.
You have asked for ‘all maps, diagrams, and floor plans of the Elizabeth line stations between and including Paddington and Abbey Wood’. As you may well imagine, we hold a significant number of these documents for each of the 10 stations you are interested in. Locating and compiling all of these documents would take a significant amount of time. Each of which would then need to be manually assessed to ascertain if they contain any sensitive information which would need to be redacted. Some details of the layouts of stations cannot be released as this information could be used by those wishing to disrupt the network or cause harm to staff or the travelling public. Detailed information of this nature would therefore not be disclosed due to security issues and in order to protect the health and safety of both staff and passengers, and would be refused under sections 24 and 38 of the Freedom of Information Act.
We do wish to clarify that whilst we consider that your request falls under section 14(1) of the FOI Act, this does not reflect a conclusion that it has been your intention to place an undue burden on our resources.
To be clear, it is the current context in which the request has been made that is central to our decision to apply the exemption set out in section 14(1) in response to your request. In particular, we consider the following elements of s14 apply in this instance:
The request is likely to cause a disproportionate or unjustified level of disruption, irritation or distress
Lacks sufficient purpose or value
Therefore we are refusing your request under s14 of the FOI Act. You may wish to consider submitting a more refined request which focusses on matters which are of most importance to you. For example, we are more likely to be able to provide a plan of a specific station, rather than a broad request for ‘all maps, diagrams, and floor plans’ for a number of stations. . If you have specific questions relating to these stations we may be more easily able to respond to these than to a request for any information held.
Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.
Graham Hurt FOI Case Officer FOI Case Management Team General Counsel Transport for London