FOI request detail

Freedom of Information Request: West Drayton railway station

Request ID: FOI-1909-2021
Date published: 19 January 2021

You asked

This is a Freedom of Information request under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. Background In January 2020 the Station Approach to West Drayton railway station was closed to buses under contract to Transport for London on the grounds of safety, due to potholed state of the road surface. Subsequently the road surface was restored in March but buses were not permitted to use the Station Approach; reportedly due to a defective water pipe or sewer owned by Thames Water. This was repaired in July 2020 but buses continued not to use Station Approach, causing considerable inconvenience to passengers transferring from rail toi bus and vice-versa. TfL announced that the Station Approach would revert to its correct usage with buses serving the bus stops from 30th November. As at 17th December, this has not taken place. Request You are requested to provide, with the normal redacted provisions for individual officers’ personal details, all correspondence you have with other bodies (Network Rail Infrastructure Limited, London Borough of Hillingdon, Thames Water and others) in connection with the closure of Station Approach to buses, the repair of the roadway and the failure to allow the buses to revert to their use of Station Approach.

We answered

Our ref: FOI-1909-2021/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 20 December 2020 asking for information about West Drayton railway station.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.

A full reconstruction of the carriageway needs to take place before the station can reopen to buses. The reconstruction can only be started once the Thames Water main has been replaced/repaired. A temporary weight restriction is currently in place to protect repairs already carried out by Network Rail and while these restrictions remain in place buses are unable to use the site.

Please find attached copies of correspondence concerning this situation. The last email from the London Borough of Hillingdon is dated 12/10/20, however we spoke to them in December and the situation remains the same.

Please note that in accordance with TfL’s obligations under Data Protection legislation some personal data has been removed from the attached correspondence, as required by section 40(2) of the FOI Act. This is because disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the legislation, specifically the first principle which requires all processing of personal data to be fair and lawful. It would not be fair to disclose this personal information when the individuals have no expectation it would be disclosed and TfL has not satisfied one of the conditions which would make the processing ‘fair’.

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Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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