FOI request detail

Planned traffic works to Parliament Square, Oxford St, Waterloo and Lambeth Bridge

Request ID: FOI-1014-1718
Date published: 22 August 2017

You asked

The Mayor is bulldozing al)0' contrary proposals to his plans to lose Parliament Square and Oxford St to traffic and to rejig currently free flowing roundabouts at Waterloo and both ends of Lambeth Bridge These and other scheduled plans will inexorably result in Gridlock more air pollution and higher times for buses cars essential deliveries and critically the Emergency Services making London more expensive to live ,work and do business in. I ask under The Freedom of Information Act the following 1) The contracts you set for these works Do you insist that work is done 24 hours per day seven days a week to limit the disruption to traffic and pollution caused by tailbacks? If not why not? From my observations any TFL work is done for two hours per day and four and a half days per week ..... a total disgrace 2 ) I wish to see all of the replies to the so called Consultations you have set up and whether you have adopted any of the counter proposals Also the cost to me as a London taxpayer of every Consultation in the last 12 months 3traffic Flow Studies You must have modelled the impact on traffic flow and displacement for each of the above plans.Please let me see the detailed flow studies 4 Increased Air Pollution The constrictions will inexorably lead to Gridlock and hence idling vehicles and hence more emissions. I d like to see the plans for measuring air pollution at the key points BEFORE the works and then AFTER which will show the difference If you have no plans for this key activity please assure me you will set up the measurements asap

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-1014-1718

Thank you for your e-mail received on 28 July 2017 asking for information about our plans for London’s roads.

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 we do hold the information you require.

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.

We have estimated that it would exceed the appropriate limit to provide a response to your current request. This is largely because it is estimated that it would take 32 working hours to retrieve and compile the information you have requested for the second part alone of your request:

I wish to see all of the replies to the so called Consultations you have set up and whether you have adopted any of the counter proposals Also the cost to me as a London taxpayer of every Consultation in the last 12 months

Our response to any consultation will be published on the Consultations Hub once all of the responses have been received and analysed. Information on the cost of our consultations is not located centrally as they are not paid for by a single budget. The cost could be made of time spent on the project by staff, which might not be recorded as they will have other responsibilities, as well as the cost of materials or other public events. All of these costs come from the project’s budgets. We have undertaken 67 consultations in the last 12 months, as a result we would have to analyse up to 67 budgets across various teams in order to find out the requested information.

In addition to the time spent providing information regarding the cost of consultations, we would also need to consider the time to answer the remainder of your request. However, we may be able to provide you with information for the remaining three questions within the appropriate limit if you wish to resubmit your request. To help bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450 limit, you may wish to consider narrowing its scope in a different way so that we can more easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking.

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Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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