FOI request detail

Closures at Canada Water

Request ID: FOI-1649-1819
Date published: 12 October 2018

You asked

The number of times Canada Water station has had to close (temporarily) access to local residents in the morning due to overcrowding, each month for the past 36 months.

We answered

TfL Ref: 1649-1819

Thank you for your email received by us on 18 September 2018 asking for information about Canada Water Station.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy. You asked for:

The number of times Canada Water station has had to close (temporarily) access to local residents in the morning due to overcrowding, each month for the past 36 months.

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. This is because we would have to examine and extract the relevant data over the requested period from every Electronic Incident Report Form (EIRF) and logbook entry for Canada Water Station which is held in both electronic and paper form, which would then need to be presented in a format suitable for public disclosure.

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.

To help bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450 limit, you may wish to consider narrowing its scope so that we can more easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking. If you want to refine your request or make a Freedom of Information Act request in future, please bear in mind that the Freedom of Information Act allows you to request recorded information held by us. You should identify the information that you want as clearly and concisely as you can, specifying the types of document that you are looking for. You might also consider limiting your request to a particular period of time, geographical area or specific departments of the organisation.

Although your request can take the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, we do not have to answer your question if it would require the creation of new information or the provision of a judgement, explanation, advice or opinion that was not already recorded at the time of your request.

Please note that we will not be taking further action until we receive your revised request.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your request, 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

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
Information Governance
Transport For London

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