FOI request detail

A breakdown of operational staff on London Underground Limited

Request ID: FOI-2373-2021
Date published: 11 March 2021

You asked

Could you please provide the following information: 1. The number of staff in each operational group (for example, Victoria Central stations) 2. Percentage of Men and Women on each group 3. Percentage of staff who are 30 or younger on each group 4. Percentage of staff who are 45 or older on each group 5. Percentage of staff who identify as BAME on each group Best wishes

We answered

Our ref: FOI-2373-2021/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 20 February 2021 asking for a breakdown of operational staff on London Underground.

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. In accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply the information you have requested as it is subject to statutory exemptions to the right of access to information, under Section 38 and Section 40 of the Act.

Providing the level of detail you have requested, could in some areas allow for individuals to be identified. 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’.

Additionally disclosure of this detailed information could adversely affect the safety and security of TfL employees.

Whilst we make no suggestion that you would use this information for anything other than you own personal interest, disclosure of this information to you has to be regarded as a disclosure to ‘the public at large’. This information could potentially be obtained and utilised by individuals who may wish to use this information to cause disruption or harm to the London Underground network.

Disclosure of information could compromise security and safety preparedness on London Underground’s network and could place TfL staff at risk by highlighting areas on the network where staffing levels are low.

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We recognise the need for openness and transparency by public authorities, but in this instance the public interest in applying the exemption, in order to minimise risks to operational resilience, safe operation of the London Underground network, the welfare of staff and members of the general public, outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

It may be possible to provide more high level data split by station/trains if that would be of value to you as this is less likely to raise similar concerns to those referred to above.

You may also find the Equality & Inclusion information published here of interest:

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If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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