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Dear Merseytravel,

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 How many and which supported routes are likely to be completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?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 How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, listed for each year?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

Henderson, Andrew, Merseytravel

Dear Mr Todd

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Thank you for your email. Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and will be answered within twenty working days.

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Yours sincerely,

Andrew Henderson

Senior Information Management Officer | Merseytravel | Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
Office: 0151 330 1679 | Email: [email address]

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Henderson, Andrew, Merseytravel

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Dear Mr Todd

 

LFS/AH/RSN17155

 

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act. Please find Merseytravel’s response below.

 

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

 

£18,034,000

 

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

 

£19,253,060 (anticipated)

 

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

 

£20,815,422.96

 

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

 

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?

 

In 2016/17 four services had cuts. These were:

·         111

·         137

·         141

·         897

 

In 2017/18 11 services had cuts. These were:

·         C4/C5

·         30

·         101

·         103

·         106

·         145/146/286

·         135

·         163/263

·         643

·         870

·         901

 

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withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?

 

A total of 20 routes will be removed the week commencing 22/04/2018

 

·         297

·         705

·         711

·         712

·         713

·         717

·         718

·         721

·         724

·         740

·         741

·         745

·         752

·         785

·         788

·         789

·         790

·         791

·         795

·         796

 

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

 

In 2016/17 11 routes were completely withdrawn. These were:

·         A10

·         23

·         138

·         147

·         194/195

·         196

·         225

·         990

·         991

·         992

·         993

 

In 2017/18 11 routes were completely withdrawn. These were:

·         112/113

·         118

·         119

·         154

·         155

·         173

·         293

·         634

·         650

·         653

·         714

 

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

 

A total of 11 routes have been taken on commercially. These are:

·         203

·         242

·         244

·         356

·         411

·         603

·         613

·         630

·         649

·         652

·         Soccerbus

 

I trust that this information is of interest to you.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right under the Act to ask for an internal review, which should be
addressed to:

Mrs Julie Watling

Legal, Democratic Services & Procurement Manager

Merseytravel

PO Box 1976

Liverpool

L69 3HN

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If you are not content with the result of your internal review, you also
have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, whose address
is

The Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire SK9 5AF

[2]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Andy Henderson

Senior Information Management Officer | Merseytravel | Mann Island, PO
Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN

Office: 0151 330 1679 | Email: [email address]

 

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