Bus service provision

Chris Todd made this Freedom of Information request to Herefordshire Council

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 How many and which supported routes are likely to be completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?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 How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, listed for each year?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

 

Please find attached acknowledgement of your FOI request

 

Regards

 

Claire

 

 

 

Claire Jacobs

Information Access Officer

Information Access Team

Economy, Communities & Corporate

Herefordshire Council

Plough Lane | PO Box 4 | Hereford HR4 OXH

 

 

 

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Dear Sirs

 

Please find attached response to your FOI request

 

Regards

 

Claire

 

 

Claire Jacobs

Information Access Officer

Information Access Team

Economy, Communities & Corporate

Herefordshire Council

Plough Lane | PO Box 4 | Hereford HR4 OXH

 

 

“Any opinion expressed in this e-mail or any attached files are those of
the individual and not necessarily those of Herefordshire Council,
Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (HCCG), Wye Valley NHS Trust or
2gether NHS Foundation Trust. You should be aware that Herefordshire
Council, Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (HCCG), Wye Valley NHS
Trust & 2gether NHS Foundation Trust monitors its email service. This
e-mail and any attached files are confidential and intended solely for the
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Dear Claire,

Please could you confirm that the County Council really hasn't set a budget for supported bus services for 2018/19 when it has had to set its budget last month? That appears rather unusual.

Also there appears to be a large discrepency between what you told us in 2016 for the 2016/17 budget (£1.4 million) compared to the figure you have just provided of £635,000. We did ask for the figure minus BSOG, Section 106 and excluding educational travel (both times) so your more recent figure is perhaps correct and the previous one included some of these elements?

We also asked for the numbers of services affected by service reductions - you said there had been some but didn't specify numbers.

If you could clarify these points it would be much appreciated

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

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Dear Sir

Thank you for your email.

I have forwarded your queries onto the department holding the information, and will respond to you further in due course

Regards

Claire

Claire Jacobs
Information Access Officer
Information Access Team
Economy, Communities & Corporate
Herefordshire Council
Plough Lane | PO Box 4 | Hereford HR4 OXH

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Dear Sir

Further to our previous emails, I have now heard further from the department holding the information. Please see the attached further response

Regards

Claire

Claire Jacobs
Information Access Officer
Information Access Team
Economy, Communities & Corporate
Herefordshire Council
Plough Lane | PO Box 4 | Hereford HR4 OXH

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Dear Claire,

Thanks for this.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd