FOI request detail

Ownership of footpath at end of Alderton Hall Lane

Request ID: FOI-1838-1920
Date published: 04 October 2019

You asked

Our client tripped over a hazard (a broken metal barrier) as shown on the photographs and maps attached. We have been pursuing Essex County Council for compensation for his resulting personal injury. Essex County Council deny ownership of the footpath/barrier. Essex County Council also deny any knowledge of who is responsible for the maintenance of the same footpath. We consequently submitted a Freedom of Information request to Network Rail because we were aware that the footpath concerned runs under a railway track. We attach the reply received from Network Rail. Apparently the railway above runs between two London Underground stations and hence Network Rail have suggested that we enquire with you as to land ownership/responsibility. Please confirm if the land on which our client fell is owned and/or maintained by Transport for London.

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-1838-1920

Thank you for your letter (copy attached) received by Transport for London (TfL) on 18th September 2019 asking for information about the ownership of the footpath at the end of Alderton Hall Lane, Loughton, Essex.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. 

The area of land highlighted in your request is not owned or maintained by TFL. I attach a map showing the extent of TfL land ownership in this vicinity (the area in blue shading). The area you have highlighted is approximately 33m from London Underground Ltd Freehold.

If this is not the information you are looking for 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,

David Wells

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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