Bus service provision

Chris Todd made this Freedom of Information request to Buckinghamshire County Council

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Dear Buckinghamshire County 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 How many and which supported routes are likely to be completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?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 How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, listed for each year?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

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Dear Mr Todd    

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

FOI/18/424

 

Thank you for contacting Buckinghamshire County Council.

 

Your request for information regarding Bus Services has now been
considered and our response is as follows:

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

            £2,100,000

 

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

            £2,166,000

 

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

            £2,349,000

 

Please 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 anational
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)?

            Nothing planned to date.

 

 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?

 

            2017/18

            Service 38 Deeds Grove – High Wycombe withdrawn on Saturdays

            Service 9 Aylesbury – Walton Court – some weekend and evening
       journeys withdrawn

            Service 36 Bourne End – High Wycombe – Saturdays reduced to
hourly

            Service 300 some late evening journeys withdrawn.

            2016/17

            Some frequency reduction across High Wycombe urban services,
overall similar first and last bus times in operation.
Please refer to the attached file “Changes to Bus Services in the High
Wycombe area”

            Service 74 two mid evening journeys withdrawn

            Some poorly used journeys on service 165 Aylesbury – Aston
Abbots withdrawn.

            Some poorly used service 63/68 journeys withdrawn (south bucks
area)

 

 

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withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?

            None

 

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 How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in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

            17/18: Service 38 Saturdays withdrawn

            16/17: none

 

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

            None

 

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