Bus service provision

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Dear Caerphilly County Borough Council,

I am gathering information on bus and public transport provision 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 I am only after the information for your authority):

1. What is the agreed total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2018/19

2. What was the total spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2017/18?

3. What was the total spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2016/17?

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.

4. How many and which supported routes are likely to have cuts in services in the fiscal year 2018/19 (for example loss of weekend or evening services)?

5. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18 (for example loss of weekend or evening services), listed for each year?

6. How many and which supported routes are likely to be completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?

7. How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, listed for each year?

8. How many and which of the previously supported routes have been taken on commercially?

Our campaign also seeks to promote examples of councils which have protected bus services, sometimes in innovative ways. Please do feel free to share any information you feel is relevant on how your council has protected bus services.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Todd

Campaign for Better Transport

WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

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WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

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 1. What is the agreed total budget for supported bus services in the
fiscal year 2018/19?

 
£935,698 (Indicative Budget)
 

 2. What was the total spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year
2017/18?

 
£907,248 (Estimated Outturn)
 

 3. What was the total spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year
2016/17?

 
£938,837
 

 4. How many and which supported routes are likely to have cuts in
services in the fiscal year 2018/19 (for example loss of weekend or
evening services)?

 
0 – we do not anticipate any cuts that will be implemented by the Council
in 2018/19, but there is a risk that some marginal commercial services may
be withdrawn or existing supported services will be terminated by the
operator.
 

 5. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the
fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18 (for example loss of weekend or
evening services), listed for each year?

 
2016/17
11 services reduced or withdrawn – comprising 7 fare paying school buses
withdrawn; 4 routes with minor changes (odd journeys withdrawn - main
service unaffected). However, 6 routes were improved – three of these were
significant improvements, with Sunday services doubled in frequency to
hourly.
 
2017/18
1 supported service terminated by the operator - X18 Newport to Ebbw Vale.
Service as a whole not reinstated, but some of the gaps in part were
filled by variations to commercial services and a much smaller element of
the previous subsidy directed at a  maintaining another element.
 

 6. How many and which supported routes are likely to be completely
withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?

 
0 – see response to Q4
 

 7. How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in
the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, listed for each year?

 
2016/17 – 7 supported / registered fare paying school bus services
withdrawn
 
2017/18 – X18 Newport to Ebbw Vale supported route terminated by the
operator.
 

 8. How many and which of the previously supported routes have been taken
on commercially?

 
See Q5, but some elements of the X18 were replaced by variations to
commercial existing services and by using some of the subsidy previously
spent on the X18 to maintaining another element of the route.
 
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