FOI request detail

London Underground Line Asset Network Plan

Request ID: FOI-1809-2021
Date published: 13 January 2021

You asked

Hi, Could you please send me a copy of a LU LANP. I'm happy for this to be a historic (2016 onwards) document if there are confidentiality issues with issuing the latest plan. Kind regards

We answered

Our ref: FOI-1809-2021

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 9 December 2020 asking for a copy of a LU Line Asset Network Plan (LANP).

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and our Information Access Policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you requested. You asked:

Could you please send me a copy of a LU Line Asset Network Plan (LANP). I'm happy for this to be a historic (2016 onwards) document if there are confidentiality issues with issuing the latest plan.

Please find attached a copy of the latest LANP that we hold.

In accordance with the FOI Act, some cost information has been redacted as it is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 43(2) – commercial interests. 

In this instance the exemption has been applied as disclosure of commercial information would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of contractors and third parties. Disclosing this financial information would be likely to prejudice their commercial interests as it would provide competitors with an advantage by giving an insight into the costs of their services. There is also a commercial harm likely to arise in respect of TfL’s ability to obtain best value for money in relation to future procurement agreements as prospective bidders may use this information to cluster their bids and therefore reduce the competitiveness of the tender process.

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. TfLrecognises the need for openness and transparency by public authorities, particularly where the use of public assets is concerned, but in this instance the public interest in ensuring that TfL is able to obtain the best value from public assets, and that the marketplace is able to retain its competitiveness, outweighs the general public interest in increasing transparency of TfL’s processes.

Please note:

  1. Since 2016 there have been many changes in the business and both cost information and business adjustments have been made since. This information does not reflect todays position.
  2. The cost information in the LANP was for internal communication purposes to explain broad plans, as such the document can use estimated cost splits and indicative timelines. It does not replace the formal budget, business planning or projects planning data and is just a high level representation of business direction.

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Yours sincerely,

Melissa Nichols

FOI Case Officer

General Counsel

Transport for London


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