- 17 Sep 2019
Date received: 19 Aug 2019
Date responded: 13 Sep 2019
1. I am not able to read the information on the photographs including the dates on Annex B Additional Photos. Could a further copy be sent which is clearer?
2. On Annex A - I can't see any details of the temporary repair carried out for defect NW34474665-236531691. Are there details and records of the temporary repair? If so, please can you forward these on.
3. I note from cover letter that a further inspection noted the defect as a CAT 2 defect on 1 May 2019. From Annex A, I can't see any defects being noted on that date? Is there a record of this inspection and the defect noted and the action taken?
4. Finally, may I please see records and details of the permanent repair carried out on 15 July 2019?
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I have numbered your request for ease of reference
1. Annex A to this response is a copy of additional photo's.
2. Details of the temporary repair were provided under FOl/19/01512, Annex A Safety Inspection of A830, A82 Safety inspection on 10 April 2019. This defect was classified as Category 1 and the repair was completed at that time.
3. The defect was not identified on 1 May 2019 as it had already been recorded as a Category 1 defect and due to be permanently repaired by 8 May 2019. The Inspectors deemed the defect to be in a safe condition on 1 May 2019 therefore no further temporary repair was required.
4. Annex B to this response details the permanent repair carried out on 15 July 2019.
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