FOI request detail

Communications relating to amendments to road closures in De Beauvoir

Request ID: FOI-1963-1617
Date published: 06 March 2017

You asked

TfL proposed to close several junctions in the De Beauvoir area to motor traffic including junction between Englefield Road and the southern part of De Beauvoir Road. After discussions with Hackney Council the designs were changed to allow southbound motor traffic from Englefield Road onto De Beauvoir Road. I would like to have a copy of any communications and other documents including emails and minuted meetings between TfL and Hackney Council regarding this design change, including communications internal to TfL. I would also like to be able to view the finalised design documents used by the contractors when conducting the roadworks as well as the public body (Hackney Council or TfL) that the contractor was directly responsible to.

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-1963-1617

Thank you for your email received by us on 12 January 2017 asking for information about communications relating to amendments to road closures in the De Beauvoir area.

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

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.

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.

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Yours sincerely

Paulina Tuffour
FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London


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