FOI request detail

Gospel Oak to Barking electrification

Request ID: FOI-2580-1617
Date published: 15 May 2017

You asked

please could you provide me with any correspondence, or minutes / notes of meetings and calls, between TfL and Network Rail relating to delays in the Gospel Oak to Barking electrification scheme, including only records from 1 January 2017 onwards.

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-2580-1617


Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 22 March 2017 asking for correspondence.


Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.


We have conducted a search for specific correspondence between ourselves and Network Rail on this issue and have located the attached (pdf 1). Rather than a series of correspondence, the main method of communication between the parties was a weekly report sent from the project to a number of stakeholders. An example of this weekly report which shows the project nearing completion in % complete terms is attached (see pdf 3 and associated attachment 3a).


Additionally, from February, there was a greater frequency of reporting as it became clear there was a considerable problem to address and this came in the form of daily reports, an example of which is also attached (see pdf 2).


There were additional telephone conversations on this subject, however we do not hold a recording of these and so we are unable to provide any detail on this.


Please note that in accordance with TfL’s obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) some personal data has been removed, as required by Regulation 13 of the Environmental Information Regulations. This is because disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the DPA, specifically the first principle of the DPA 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 of Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act which would make the processing ‘fair’.


We continue to work with Network Rail to understand how they will complete the remaining work to electrify the Gospel Oak to Barking line with the absolute minimum further disruption to customers.  A number of options are being considered and we will make a more detailed announcement in due course when Network Rail can assure us that plans to complete the delayed works are robust.


If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, 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


Lee Hill

Senior FOI Case Officer


FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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