FOI request detail

CD Copy for London Overground Announcements and other lines

Request ID: FOI-2931-1819
Date published: 21 February 2019

You asked

Please can I have a CD copy for the London overground announcements, and a CD copy of the - Piccadilly line announcements CD - Central Line Announcements CD - Jubilee Line Announcements CD - Bakerloo line announcements CD - Nothern Line Announcements CD - DLR Announcements CD - Hammersmith and City Line Announcements CD - Circle Line Announcements CD - Victoria Line Announcements CD - District line Announcements CD - Tramlink Announcements CD - iBus Announcements on route 8,10,11,88 My Address is XXXXXXXXX Please could I also ask for a copy of the tube map poster used in tube stations. I would also like a TFL pen if that available?

We answered

Our ref: FOI-2931-1819/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 3 February 2019 asking for announcements, posters & a TfL pen.

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.

CDs containing the iBus, TfL Rail, London Overground, Tramlink and Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines stock announcements have been sent to you in the post.


It should be noted that the iBus announcements are recorded as fragments. As a result we are unable to send you the announcements for specific bus routes. Some announcements do not feature in full as the full announcement would just be made up of two or more fragments that have already been recorded. I have also included a list of the announcements for your reference.


The Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly line announcements have been provided to you. The Northern line audio files contain historical as well as current announcements. You will note the Piccadilly line announcements are supplied as PCC files which may need specialist software to play them. This format is the only version we currently have available.

Please also note that while the Jubilee and Piccadilly announcements are recorded as full statements specifically for each station, Northern line announcements are recorded as segmented phrases joined into full sentences by the train management system (TMS).

Please note that while access to these announcements will be provided to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you are not granted any rights to any of the intellectual property that exists in it or granted any permission to make secondary uses of it. TfL owns all intellectual property (including, without limitation, copyright) in the material supplied and will defend such rights.

If you wish to make any secondary use of the material provided, you must first obtain the consent of TfL (which may be withheld) and, if consent is granted, a fee may be charged, in accordance with the terms of the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.

In accordance with the FOI Act, TfL is not obliged to supply the audio files for the other London Underground line announcements as this information is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 43(2).

In this instance section 43(2) has been applied as disclosure of the information requested would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of TfL and/or Global Services Ltd. The recordings in question were provided to London Underground from Global Services Ltd under a signed contract which contained explicit conditions concerning disclosure and distribution.

The contract specifies that the recordings are solely to be used for the purpose for which they were created and for broadcast on the London Underground network only. If TfL were to disclose these recordings in response to an FOI request, it would constitute an actionable breach of contract and would be likely to result in a valid legal claim against London Underground or the license to use the recordings being withdrawn, which would impose additional, unnecessary, costs. TfL wishes to protect its commercial interests and ability to participate in future commercial activity. The disclosure of this information would be to the detriment of present and future business activities for both parties.

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned.  TfL recognises the need for openness and transparency within public authorities and the degree of public interest concerning London transport announcements in light of the recent disclosure of iBus announcements. However, in this instance this is outweighed by the damage that would be done to TfL’s ability to use these recordings and any future contractual negotiations that may take place regarding the London Underground announcements.

Please find attached a copy pf the tube map artwork. Please go to the museum gift shop at if you would like to buy a pen or a poster copy of the tube map.

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 enclosed 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

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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