FOI request detail

Audio announcements

Request ID: FOI-1588-1718
Date published: 29 September 2017

You asked

I write to request a CD copy of the on board DVA announcements used on both the 1992 and 2009 Tube Stock Trains. This will be only for personal use. I am a rail enthusiast who takes a particular interest in Overseas Metroplitan Rail Networks, especially the London Underground. Normally I would attempt to record them myself, but since I am located in Australia it is a cost prohibitive task. I would be willing to provide cost of postage if required

We answered

TfL Ref: 1558-1718

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 22 September 2017 asking for a CD copy of the on board DVA announcements used on both the 1992 and 2009 Tube Stock Trains.

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

In accordance with the FOI Act, TfL is not obliged to supply the audio files for London Underground as the information is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 43(2).

In this instance section 43(2) has been applied as disclosure of the information requested would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of TfL and/or Global Services Ltd. The recordings in question were provided to London Underground from Global Services Ltd under a signed contract which contained explicit conditions concerning disclosure and distribution.

The contract specifies that the recordings are solely to be used for the purpose for which they were created and for broadcast on the London Underground network only. If TfL were to disclose these recordings in response to an FOI request, it would constitute an actionable breach of contract and would be likely to result in a valid legal claim against London Underground or the license to use the recordings being withdrawn, which would impose additional, unnecessary, costs. TfL wishes to protect its commercial interests and ability to participate in future commercial activity. The disclosure of this information would be to the detriment of present and future business activities for both parties.

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. TfL recognises the need for openness and transparency within public authorities and the degree of public interest concerning London transport announcements in light of the disclosure of iBus announcements. However, in this instance this is outweighed by the damage that would be done to TfL’s ability to use these recordings and any future contractual negotiations that may take place regarding the London Underground announcements.

I am sorry that I am not able to assist further with your request.

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

Yours sincerely

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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