FOI request detail


Request ID: FOI-0642-1718
Date published: 27 June 2017

You asked

I am a keen railway and bus enthusiast and was wondering if there was any chance the announcements for the tram and bus could be sent to me on a CD. I have made a previous request for underground announcements but after only just reading, it seems you are unable to give this data out, which is of course understandable.

We answered

TfL Ref: 0642-1718


Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 12 June 2017 asking for information about our tram and bus announcements.


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


I can advise that audio recordings are only available on CD and must be sent via post. Therefore, a CD of the audio recordings will be sent upon receipt of a postal address, which I strongly advise providing through a personal email address.


The CD includes announcements that are currently used on the iBus system. Withdrawn announcements are no longer held, and therefore cannot be provided. We currently do not plan to introduce any additional announcements, over and above those for operational reasons, for example amending stop names if the road layout changes.


Planned announcements would also be made up of these fragmented audio files, where possible. Please note that the iBus announcements are recorded as fragments and therefore provided in this format accordingly.


Please note that while access to this material will be provided to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you are not granted any rights to any of the intellectual property that exists in it or granted any permission to make secondary uses of it.


TfL owns all intellectual property (including, without limitation, copyright) in the material supplied and will defend such rights.


If you wish to make any secondary use of the material provided, you must first obtain the consent of TfL (which may be withheld) and, if consent is granted, a fee may be charged, in accordance with the terms of the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.


If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.


Yours sincerely



Sara Thomas | FOI Case Officer

General Counsel | Transport for London

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

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