Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
'1. I wish to make a freedom of information act request to obtain details of the number of collisions within the last 3 years that have occurred on the A1 western bypass (Gateshead/Birtley) from southern 50mph limit change to smithy lane over bridge, United Kingdom.
2. I also request copies of the consultations/discussions that took place to determine this motorway road required a 50mph limit'
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1. As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.
I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.
Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means
Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
The North East Regional Road Safety Resource’s website features an interactive casualty map of the North East, on which are plotted all road user casualties from the last five years. This map can be accessed through the following link : http://www.tinyurl.com/necasualtydashboard and as it does not contain any data that is not already available through other sources, it has been made freely available to the public.
Full details about the map and the data used in it are given on the website, but in brief the interactive casualty map will allow you to select to display casualties by severity and road user type over a map of the North East. Furthermore, once you have displayed the desired casualties, you can click on any of the points and a brief summary of the collision, casualty and vehicle details is displayed.
Section 21 is therefore applicable.
2. The relevant Highway Authority are responsible for setting speed limits and any documentation or records relating to that would be owned and held by them. In this instance the Authority are Highways England therefore you may wish to direct your query to them.