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 How many and which supported routes are likely to be completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?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 How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, listed for each year?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

FOI, Lincolnshire County Council

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22^nd March 2018

 

Dear Chris Todd

 

Freedom of Information Reference: 44774870FOI

 

Subject: Bus Service Provision

 

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Freedom of Information
Customer Service Centre
2^nd Floor

Thomas Parker House

13/14 Silver Street
Lincoln
LN2 1DY
Tel: 01522 782187
[2][email address]

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19^th April 2018

 

Dear Chris Todd

 

Freedom of Information Reference: 

 

Subject: Request for information.

 

Please find our response to your request below:

 

Request and Response:

 

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

 

£5,311,866 available budget, although spend is likely to be in line with
previous years.  

 

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

 

£4,327,233 (Actual Spend)

 

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

 

£4,836,470 (Actual Spend)

 

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)?

 

Lincolnshire's Transport Service Group (TSG) have no plans to make
significant changes to the network however as good practice TSG
continuously review the efficiency of the supported local bus network.

 

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? None

 

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withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?

 

Lincolnshire's Transport Service Group (TSG) have no plans to make
significant changes to the network however as good practice TSG
continuously review the efficiency of the supported local bus network.

 

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    How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn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

 

None, if we do not include school bus alterations which are subject to
different support criteria and requirement.

 

8. How many and which of the previously supported routes have been taken
on commercially?  2 - H26D/G53, these are school services

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once again, thank you for your enquiry.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

James Taylor

 

Freedom of Information

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Dear James,

Thank you for the information. Could you confirm that the figures you gave me are purely as set out in our note - i.e. solely for contracted supported bus services (not including school transport) and do not include BSOG, Section 106 or other funding?

There appears to be a discrepency with what we have been given previously for 2016/17.

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

Gareth Maddison, Lincolnshire County Council

Dear Chris,

 

Thank you for your email of 23/04/2018 regarding bus service provision.
You contacted Lincolnshire County Council's FOI Team to state that the
budget figures for 16/17 that you had received were not the same as
previously supplied. The FOI Team have not been able to source the
information you were previously supplied. Would you be able to send me the
detail you had received previously so I can ask the relevant team to
review the detail submitted please? As you have identified there are a
number of different costs and funding streams related and I want to ensure
that you are provided like for like data.

 

Many thanks,

 

Gareth Maddison MCIPS

Principal Transport Officer

Transport Services Group

Tel: 01522 553128

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Dear Gareth Maddison,

Here is the link to the previous request made in 2016. If you follow the thread through you will see a number of different figures presented which I have to admit I don't fully follow, not least the budget breakdown provided later on as only account numbers are provided and not descriptions.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Hopefully, you will be able to decipher this and provide me with the correct figures (or confirm what you have given me already).

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

Dear Gareth Maddison,

Could you please let me know where my request has got to as it's over a month since I asked for clarification?

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

FOI, Lincolnshire County Council

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Good morning

 

Please see the attached FOI response including the revised clarifications.
I understand you did not receive the reply after you clarified certain
points, so apologies for this error and any inconvenience caused.

 

Kind regards

 

 

James Taylor Ext: 55237

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Gareth Maddison, Lincolnshire County Council

Dear Chris,

Thank you for your email. Please accept my apologies for the delay. I trust you have now received the response requested from our FOI team. Please let me know if this has not reached you as yet?

Many thanks,

Gareth Maddison MCIPS MSOE MIRTE
Principal Transport Officer
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Dear Gareth Maddison,

Thanks you for chasing this but I have to admit I am none the wiser as all I appear to have been sent is the same letter I was sent on 18 April (indeed it is dated as such). If that means the figures are correct that's great but no one as far as I can see has actually confirmed the figures supplied do not contain elements such as S.106 and BSOG funding.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

Gareth Maddison, Lincolnshire County Council

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Dear Chris,

I have now attached the correct response required so that there is no further delay. I will seek clarity on the delay and wrong response but please accept my apologies once again.

Many thanks,

Gareth Maddison MCIPS MSOE MIRTE
Principal Transport Officer
Transport Services Group
Tel: 01522 553128
Email: [email address]
Secure Email: [email address]

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Dear Gareth Maddison,

Thanks for sorting this.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

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