FOI reference: FOI/17/02673
Date received: 1 November 2017
Date responded: 10 January 2018
Email correspondence between Humza Yousaf and a) Network Rail, b) Transport Scotland regarding the dualling of the single line railway between Montrose and Arbroath, between the period 01 January 2016 to 07 December 2017.
As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
We do endeavour to provide information whenever possible. The table below lists the information held by Transport Scotland for the period you specify including one document out with the dates specified, and these emails/documents are attached.
|1||06/06/17||TS||Aberdeen to Central Belt Reference Group Ministerial Update (including two attachments listed below).|
|1(i)||February 2017||TS||Aberdeen to Central Belt – Review Team Meeting|
|1(ii)||N/A||TS||Aberdeen to Central Belt – Reference Group – Terms of Reference|
|2||12/12/17||TS||Aberdeen to Central Belt Reference Group Ministerial Update|
|2(i)||12/12/17||TS||Aberdeen to Central Belt – Reference Group|
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