FOI request detail

Staff Handbook/Guidelines, Big Red Book, Working timetables

Request ID: FOI-0843-1718
Date published: 27 September 2017

You asked

A physical and digital copy of the latest 'Big Red Book', Tfl's guidelines for Bus Drivers A physical and digital copy of the latest London Underground Staff Handbook/Guidelines (If there is such thing) A pdf copy of each London Bus Depots bus driver running boards/duty boards (If this is possible) A pdf copy of each London Bus Depots working timetables for all routes A pdf OR physical copy of London Underground and Overground working timetables

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0843-1718/GH


Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 9 July 2017 asking for various information.


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


Attached is a pdf of the current Big Red Book. We are unfortunately not able to provide hard copies as we have very few copies remaining and we need to set these aside to be issued to bus drivers.


Bus schedules are available on our website here:


London Underground working timetables are available on our website here:


In accordance with section 21 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply you with a copy of the requested information as it is already accessible to you elsewhere.


With regards to your request for ‘London Underground Staff Handbook/Guidelines’ I can confirm we do hold the information you require. However, in accordance with the FOI Act we are not obliged to supply the information as it is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 38(1). In this instance the exemption has been applied as disclosure of this information could adversely affect the safety and security of TfL employees and members of the general public.


The handbook provides information on how to operate a train, and what action should be taken in emergency situations. Whilst we make no suggestion that you would use this information for anything other than you own personal interest, disclosure of this information to you has to be regarded as a disclosure to ‘the public at large’. This information could potentially be obtained and utilised by individuals who may wish to use this information to cause disruption or harm to the London Underground network. The London Underground system is an attractive terrorist target for several reasons including, its importance to London and the knock on effect to the nation’s economy if it is disrupted, the publicity gained from attacking an iconic transport system and the attractiveness of the system for a mass casualty attack due to its open, mass transport nature. It is also part of the nation’s critical infrastructure by virtue of its central importance to the functioning of London and its economy.


Bus services are operated, on TfLs behalf, by individual bus companies. TfL does therefore not hold ‘each London Bus Depots bus driver running boards/duty boards’.


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

General Counsel

Transport for London


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