Bus Service Provision

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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 East Sussex County Council as part of the Save our Buses campaign, which maps cuts to bus services across the country. We know that the Government has 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, in each case only with respect to East Sussex County Council:

1. What is the total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2015/16?

2. What was total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2014/15?

Note: This refers to the Department for Transport’s definition of a supported bus service as: “one where a local transport authority has invited tenders for the operation of a service (not e.g. seats on a bus or subsidised tickets etc), and a contract exists as a result of that tender”. Please, exclude extra sources of funding such as Section 106/developer funding, Community Infrastructure Levy, local authority staffing and publicity, RTPI expenditure and revenue, the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG), Local Education Authority funding for home to school transport, NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport, social services transport, voluntary transport and other central and national government grants or income streams.

3. What is the fiscal year 2015/16 budget for supported bus services as a percentage of the total transport budget?

Note: 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. Please include the council’s contributions to projects jointly funded by multiple organisations, but exclude contributions from those other organisations and funding streams, such as Local Enterprise Partnerships, private sector contributions, Local Growth Fund, Department for Transport contributions to Local Authority Major Projects, Local Sustainable Transport Fund etc.

4. What proportion of total council expenditure (capital and current) is constituted by local bus funding?

5. What changes have been made to non-statutory concessionary fare schemes in the fiscal year 2015/16?

6. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the fiscal year 2015/16 (for example loss of weekend or evening services)?

7. How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2015/16?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Abrams
Campaign For Better Transport

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Mr Abrams

 

FOI Request ref: 6079 / Supported bus services

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
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Dear Mr Abrams

 

FOI Request ref: 6079 / Supported bus services

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
information we provide is subject to the copyright and reuse of
information terms and conditions set out at the bottom of this email.

 

REQUEST

 

1. What is the total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year
2015/16?

 

2. What was total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year
2014/15?

 

Note: This refers to the Department for Transport’s definition of a
supported bus service as: “one where a local transport authority has
invited tenders for the operation of a service (not e.g. seats on a bus or
subsidised tickets etc), and a contract exists as a result of that
tender”. Please, exclude extra sources of funding such as Section
106/developer funding, Community Infrastructure Levy, local authority
staffing and publicity, RTPI expenditure and revenue, the Bus Service
Operators Grant (BSOG), Local Education Authority funding for home to
school transport, NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport, social
services transport, voluntary transport and other central and national
government grants or income streams.    

 

3. What is the fiscal year 2015/16 budget for supported bus services as a
percentage of the total transport budget?

 

Note: 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. Please include the council’s
contributions to projects jointly funded by multiple organisations, but
exclude contributions from those other organisations and funding streams,
such as Local Enterprise Partnerships, private sector contributions, Local
Growth Fund, Department for Transport contributions to Local Authority
Major Projects, Local Sustainable Transport Fund etc.

 

4. What proportion of total council expenditure (capital and current) is
constituted by local bus funding?

 

5. What changes have been made to non-statutory concessionary fare schemes
in the fiscal year 2015/16?

 

6. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the
fiscal year 2015/16 (for example loss of weekend or evening services)?

 

7. How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in
the fiscal year 2015/16?

 

RESPONSE

 

Please note for questions 3 and 4 the supported bus services budget figure
used includes S106 income and matching expenditure of £184K.

 

1. £1,257,000

 

2. £2,213,000

 

3. 2.99%. 

 

4. 0.14%

 

5. None

 

6. The following 33 supported routes have had cuts in 2015/16:

 

Service number Route Change to service
7 Hasting Town Service Reduction in frequency
20,21,22 Ore-Hastings-Hollington Sunday evening service
removed
27 Hasting Town Service Reduction in frequency
29 Hasting Town Service Reduction in frequency
29 Brighton-Lewes- Tunbridge Wells Reduction in evening
frequency
95 Bexhill-Conquest Hospital Reduction in frequency
96 Bexhill Town Service Reduction in Saturday
frequency
97 Bexhill Town Service and Hooe Reduction in frequency
119 Seaford Town Service Reduction in frequency
121 Lewes-Newick Reduction in daytime
frequency
123 Lewes-Newhaven Some peak journeys
removed. Reduction in
daytime frequency
126 Seaford-Alfriston-Eastbourne Some peak journeys
removed. Reduction in
daytime frequency
127 Lewes-Landport Reduction in peak and
daytime frequency
128 Lewes-Nevill-Malling Reduction in peak and
daytime frequency
129 Lewes-Malling-Winterbourne Reduction in frequency
143 Eastbourne-Hailsham-Ringmer-Lewes Reduction in peak and
daytime frequency
145 Newhaven local service Reduction in frequency
166 Lewes-Plumpton- Haywards Heath Some peak journeys
removed. Service
withdrawn on Saturdays.
226 Rotherfield-Crowborough local Reduction from 6 days to
service 4 days
229 Tunbridge Wells-Rotherfield Friday and Saturday
evening service removed
248 Uckfield-Hadlow Down Reduction from 5 days to
3 days
249 Uckfield-Crowborough Reduction from 5 days to
3 days
254 Wadhurst Rail Link Reduction in frequency
254/304 Tunbridge Wells-Hawkhurst-Hastings Sunday service removed
261 East Grinstead-Uckfield Route no longer serves
Chelwood Common and
Chelwood Gate
312 Rye-Tenterden Reduction in Monday to
Saturday frequency.
Sunday service removed
317 Heathfield Town Service Reduction from 3 days to
2 days
342 Hastings-Rye Peak journey removed
344 Hastings-Rye-Northiam Sunday service removed
between Rye, Rye Harbour
and Northiam
347 Hastings-Pett Reduction in frequency
349 Hastings-Hawkhurst Summer Sunday service
removed
355 Heathfield-Battle Peak service removed
824 Village Rider service Off peak service
reduction from 5 days to
4 days

 

7. None

 

 

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Philip Baker, Assistant Chief Executive, East Sussex County Council,
County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex. BN7 1UE.

or by email to him at [1][email address]

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Can I request a small clarification, please? This responds to the statement: "Please note for questions 3 and 4 the supported bus services budget figure used includes S106 income and matching expenditure of £184K."

Do you mean that questions 3 and 4 include £92k in S106 income and £92k in matching expenditure, £184k in S106 funds, or £184k of combined funds in an unknown proportion?

Your response to question 1 states that £1,257,000 is budgeted for supported bus services in 2015/16. Could you confirm my calculations that the total transport budget is therefore £48,194k, and that supported services (excluding the £184 in S106 and matching funds) would make up 2.61% of the transport budget?

Yours sincerely,

Martin Abrams

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear Mr Abrams

Thank you for your email. I have forwarded your follow up questions to the teams who provided me with the response to your Freedom of Information request. I hope to provide you with a response by the original deadline 8/10/2015.

Kind regards

Amilia Holland
Customer Information Adviser

East Sussex County Council
Communities Economy and Transport Directorate
W1D, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex BN7 1UE

Phone: 01273 482913
[mobile number]
Fax: 01273 481208

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Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Mr Abrams

 

FOI Request ref: 6079 / Supported bus services

 

Further to my email of 30/9/2015, please find the response to your follow
up query below.

 

REQUEST

 

Can I request a small clarification, please? This responds to the
statement: "Please note for questions 3 and 4 the supported bus services
budget figure used includes S106 income and matching expenditure of
£184K." 

 

Do you mean that questions 3 and 4 include £92k in S106 income and £92k in
matching expenditure, £184k in S106 funds, or £184k of combined funds in
an unknown proportion?

 

Your response to question 1 states that £1,257,000 is budgeted for
supported bus services in 2015/16. Could you confirm my calculations that
the total transport budget is therefore £48,194k, and that supported
services (excluding the £184 in S106 and matching funds) would make up
2.61% of the transport budget?  

 

RESPONSE

 

The total net transport budget calculated for the FOI was £42,070k
(inclusive of supported bus services figure). The net supported bus
services figure of £1,257k is 2.99% of the total net transport budget as
per the response provided.

 

If we removed the £184k s106 income funding from the net budget (assuming
we will still spend the £184k expenditure from council funds instead), the
revised figures would be:

 

Revised total transport budget £42,254k

Revised supported bus services £1,441k

Therefore the revised percentage would be 3.41% of the transport budget.

 

The following comment assumes that £184k was removed from the figure in Q1
to make £1,257k, meaning that in Q3 and Q4 we were using a different
figure of £1,441k for our calculation (£1,441k/2.99x100) = £48,194k
assumed transport budget. 

 

Your response to question 1 states that £1,257,000 is budgeted for
supported bus services in 2015/16. Could you confirm my calculations that
the total transport budget is therefore £48,194k, and that supported
services (excluding the £184 in S106 and matching funds) would make up
2.61% of the transport budget?  

 

This was not the case, to be consistent we used the same £1,257k figure in
Q3 and Q4 for supported bus services.

 

I hope that this answers your enquiry. If you believe that the County
Council has not complied with the FOI Act in responding to your request,
you may ask for an internal review. If you wish to do so, please set out
the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

Philip Baker, Assistant Chief Executive, East Sussex County Council,
County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex. BN7 1UE.

or by email to him at [1][email address]

 

Please quote the FOI reference number in any communication regarding this
particular request.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you then
have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision
unless you have exhausted the County Council’s internal review procedure
as described in the previous paragraph. The Commissioner can be contacted
at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113.  [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Kind regards

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913

[mobile number]

Fax: 01273 481208

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thanks very much,

Martin