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Request ID: FOI-2789-2021
Date published: 21 April 2021
Thank you for your response. I don’t find it fully reflects the impact on those living, working, or needing to get to/from stations on the Metropolitan line. Nor am I reassured that this won’t be repeated.
To help me consider any further response on my part, please can I see, under FOI, all internal TFL discussion on how to maintain Metropolitan Line services on the weekend of 27-28 March 2021 and future weekends, within the period Friday 26 to Wednesday 31 March 2021 inclusive?
TfL Ref: FOI-2789-2021
Thank you for your request of 31st March 2021 asking for information about weekend closures of the Metropolitan Line.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.
Specifically you asked:
“Please can I see, under FOI, all internal TFL discussion on how to maintain Metropolitan Line services on the weekend of 27-28 March 2021 and future weekends, within the period Friday 26 to Wednesday 31 March 2021 inclusive?”.
I can confirm that we hold the information you require. We hold one email chain within the timeframe specified that falls within the scope of your request. This is attached. Note that the direct contact details of the staff members named have been redacted under section 40(2) of the Freedom of the Information Act, the exemption that protects against the unfair release of personal data.
I understand that the issue on the Metropolitan Line on 27/28 March was due to Service Control staff shortages - i.e. it was not a closure planned in advance. The majority of planning for this type of situation is handled by conference call rather than by email. My colleague, Chris Taggart, our Head of Line Operations for the Hammersmith and City and District Lines, has offered to speak with you to provide further explanation if that would be of use. If so, if you provide me with a number I can pass it on and ask him to call you.
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FOI Case Officer
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Transport for London
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