FOI request detail

Leyton Station Upgrade

Request ID: FOI-3125-2324
Date published: 29 December 2023

You asked

Please provide me with: 1. A copy of the outline and final business case documents submitted to the DfT for the planned upgrade to Leyton Station, including any associated documentation e.g. appendices. 2. Details of the criteria for the proposed Leyton station upgrade e.g. the brief agreed with architects, the key necessary features of the station upgrade, any future proofing features such as additional entrances. 3. Copies of any illustrations/graphics/computer generated images/artists' impressions/concept designs that TfL holds with regards to the proposed upgrade to Leyton Station. These could include images that do not depict the station as it is likely to appear, rather early explorations or ideas or possibilities.

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-3125-2324 / FOI-3126-2324

Thank you for your requests received on 1 December 2023 asking for information about the planned Leyton Station upgrade.

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

The submission to the Department of Levelling up (and latterly the DfT) was a joint bid for Leyton and Colindale stations. Therefore any of the documentation you have requested will contain information on each of the stations, any attempt to extract information that relates solely to either station would take a considerable amount of time and resource. In addition, some of the information contained within these documents is commercially sensitive and would need to be reviewed in order to determine what could be disclosed.

Given the extent of the information you are looking for across both of your requests we are applying Regulation 12(4)(b) as we believe that the requests are ‘manifestly unreasonable’ because providing the information you have requested would impose unreasonable costs on us and require an unreasonable diversion of resources.

We expect to publish a redacted copy of the final bid early in the new year. Some information is already available on the GLA website:

To help bring the time taken to respond to your request, you may wish to consider narrowing its scope. It may be possible to provide you with an overview of the scope of the upgrade as well as some visuals of what the station is expected to look like, as well as an overview of some of the options we considered. Alternatively, rather than a request for documentation, if you have specific questions that we can answer these may be easier to process and provide you with the information you require.

The use of this exception is subject to a public interest test, which requires us to consider whether the public interest in applying the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosure. We recognise that the release of the requested information would promote accountability and transparency in public services and may help address your particular concerns. However, the time it would take to provide the information you have requested would divert a disproportionate amount of our resources from its core functions and on balance we consider that the public interest currently favours the use of the exception.

We will consider your request again, if you are able to narrow its scope so that we can more easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking. As stated above, if you have specific questions we will be happy to consider those.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]

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