Bus Service Provision

Campaign for Better Transport made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Somerset County Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Campaign for Better Transport

To whom it may concern,

I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am gathering information on bus and public transport provision in Somerset as part of our Save the Buses campaign, which maps cuts to bus services across the country. We know that the Government have made deep cuts to local authority budgets, and that this is having an effect on the provision of local bus services. We would like to gather a national picture of bus cuts, so that we can explain to central Government exactly how their decisions are having an impact across the country.

My questions are as follows:

1. What is Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus services in 2014/15?

2. What was Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus services in 2013/14?

3. What was Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus services in 2012/13?

4. What was Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus services in 2011/12?

5. What was Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus services in 2010/11?

6. What is the budget for supported bus services as a percentage of the total transport budget? (For the purposes of this request 'transport' includes highway maintenance, home to school/college transport; adult social care transport; demand responsive transport; special educational need transport and voluntary driver schemes, cycling and walking, roads spending, supported bus services and fares).

7. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the fiscal year 2014/15 (for example loss of weekend or evening services)?

8. How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2014/15?

9. What changes have been made to non-statutory concessionary fare schemes in the fiscal year 2014/15?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Abrams
Campaign For Better Transport

Lucy Wilkins, Somerset County Council

Dear Mr Abrams,

Thank you for your request for information. I am very sorry that we have not responded to you. Unfortunately this has been due to a system error.

We will be prioritising your request to deal with them as soon as possible, but please bear with us at this time.

We will endeavour to get our response to you within 20 working days of receipt of this communication.

Yours sincerely

Lucy Wilkins
Information Request Team Leader
Communications Team
Tel: 01823 359173,
internally call extension 5584
Email: [email address]
Email for FOI, EIR, DP enquiries: [Somerset County Council request email]
Somerset County Council, Post Point: PP B3E 2, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
URL: www.somerset.gov.uk

FOI Disclosure Log URL: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/disclosurelog

Victoria Baxter, Somerset County Council

Internal Reference: 140958

Date request received: 10/09/2014

Date response due: 08/10/2014

Date of response: Overdue

 

Dear Mr Abrams,

 

I am writing to you with an update on the progress of your Freedom of
Information request which is being dealt with under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. 

 

We are still dealing with your request and I note that we are now overdue
with our response.

 

In an organisation as large and diverse as a County Council, we often have
to seek information from a wide range of sources when responding to
requests under the Freedom of Information Act and occasionally the amount
of work involved with the request is greater than we anticipate at first. 

 

As a result, I am not able to provide you with the information you are
seeking within the 20 working day timescale that is stated in the Act.  I
am hoping to get this information to you as soon as possible.  I apologise
for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or would
like to discuss the content and progress of your Freedom of Information
request with me.

 

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Victoria Baxter

Information Request Team

email: [1][Somerset County Council request email]

Telephone: +44(1823)3-59560

Somerset County Council, Post Point: PP B3E 2, County Hall, Taunton, TA1
4DY

URL: [2]www.somerset.gov.uk

 

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Victoria Baxter, Somerset County Council

Internal Reference: 140958

Date request received: 10/09/2014

Date response due: 08/10/2014

Actual date of response: 06/11/2014

 

 

Dear Mr Abrams

 

I am writing in respect of your recent request for information from
Somerset County Council which has been dealt with under the provisions of
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I confirm that we do hold the information you are seeking and we are able
to provide it to you. Our response is detailed in bold underneath your
questions as follows.

 

Your request and our response

 

Q1.) What is Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus
services in 2014/15?

 

A1.) £4,076,300

Q2.) What was Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus
services in 2013/14?

 

A2.) £4,404,800

Q3.) What was Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus
services in 2012/13?

 

A3.) £4,398,100

Q4.) What was Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus
services in 2011/12?

 

A4.) £5,375,500

Q5.) What was Somerset County Council’s total budget for supported bus
services in 2010/11?

 

A5.) £5,569,300

Q6.) What is the budget for supported bus services as a percentage of the
total transport budget? (For the purposes of this request 'transport'
includes highway maintenance, home to school/college transport; adult
social care transport; demand responsive transport; special educational
need transport and voluntary driver schemes, cycling and walking, roads
spending, supported bus services and fares).

 

A6.)

39,585,100
Area 2014/15
Contract Bus 2,146,000
Park & Ride 443,600
Accessible Transport 481,000 10%
Accessible Transport 16,900
County Ticket 988,800
Highways Maintenance 5,593,000
Capital Highway Mtce 15,353,000
Mainstream Home to School 8,411,600
SEN Transport 3,518,100
PRU transport 183,900
Childrens Social Care Passenger 781,800
Childrens Social Care School 397,800
Young Carers 18,200
LD 977,300
Adults & Health Ops (ASC 274,100

Q7.) How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the
fiscal year 2014/15 (for example loss of weekend or evening services)?

 

A7.) 12 services had financial reductions as follows.  However, as
detailed below, not all of these have had a cut in service (some have been
replaced by commercial routes):

 

o Service 11 - Yeovil Town Service (shortened route)
o Service 23 - Cotford St. Luke/West Bagborough – Taunton (Saturday
Service Withdrawn)
o Service 100 - Minehead Town Service (all funding removed and replaced
by Commercial Service)
o Service 102 - Bridgwater to Weston-Super-Mare (Saturday Service
Withdrawn)
o Service 106 - Doniford to Minehead (all funding removed and replaced
by Commercial Service)
o Service 107 – Luccombe to Minehead (all funding removed and service
withdrawn)
o Service 184 - Frome to Bath (almost all funding removed and frequency
halved from hourly to two hourly)
o Service 196 - Glastonbury Tor Bus (funding reduced and new
contribution from another authority therefore service continues)
o Service 354 - Fitzhead to Taunton (funding removed and service
withdrawn)
o Service 668 - Shipham to Street (funding reduced and route revised)
o Service 670 - Burnham-on-Sea to Wookey Hole (funding for Saturday
removed and operator took on whole service including Saturdays
commercially.)
o Taunton & Wellington DRT – (funding reduced – evening service
withdrawn)

Q8.) How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in
the fiscal year 2014/15?

A8.) Two routes have been completely withdrawn. The routes withdrawn are
the 354 Fitzhead to Taunton bus service and the 107 Luccombe to Minehead
bus service.

Q9.) What changes have been made to non-statutory concessionary fare
schemes in the fiscal year 2014/15?

 

A9.) None.

 

If you feel your request has not been answered in sufficient detail or if
you wish to clarify the information given please contact me and I will be
happy to address the issues you raise.

 

If you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been dealt
with, or the information you have received you can ask for an internal
review of our decision.   Internal review requests should be submitted
within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original
letter and should be addressed to:

 

Peter Grogan

Corporate Information Governance Manager,

County Hall

Taunton

TA1 4DY

Or email  [1][email address] .

 

If you are still not satisfied, you can complain to the Information
Commissioner, by completing the following form and issuing this to the
ICO. [2]ICO complaint form

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF       Tel: 0303 – 123 1113

 

Finally, please be aware that your response will appear, without your
contact details, on the Council’s website at: 
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Yours Sincerely,

 

Victoria Baxter

Information Request Team

email: [4][Somerset County Council request email]

Telephone: +44(1823)3-59560

Somerset County Council, Post Point: PP B3E 2, County Hall, Taunton, TA1
4DY

URL: [5]www.somerset.gov.uk

 

FOI Disclosure Log URL: [6]http://www.somerset.gov.uk/disclosurelog

 

 

 

This email, and any attachments is intended solely for the individual to whom
it is addressed. It may contain personal and / or sensitive material and should
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header it should be handled according to HMG guidelines, if not protectively
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