Bus service provision

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

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 How many and which supported routes are likely to be completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?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 How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, listed for each year?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

Freedom of Information,

Freedom of Information Request: FR8103

 

I am writing to acknowledge your request for information dated 22/03/2018.

 

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Tracey Gilkes
FOI / DP Admin
Northamptonshire County Council
Business Intelligence and Project Management
ONE Angel Square
Angel Street
Northampton
NN1 1ED

t : 01604 368360
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Good afternoon,

 

Please see attached response

 

Kind regards

 

 

Tracey Gilkes

FOI / DP Admin

Northamptonshire County Council

Business Intelligence and Project Management

ONE Angel Square

Angel Street

Northampton

NN1 1ED

 

t : 01604 368360

e: [1][email address]

     [2][email address]

 

 

 

 

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Dear Tracy,

Thank you for the information. I have one query about the fact that all services are being cut this year but you have a budget of £212,000 for supported bus services. Is this an error or is it to pay for services until contracts can be terminated?

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

Freedom of Information,

Dear Chris,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

I have made enquiries with our service area and will get back to you as
soon as I hear from them.

 

Kind regards

 

Sarah Jobling

Senior Administrator

Freedom of Information/Data Protection Team

Business Intelligence and Project Management

Northamptonshire County Council

 

Tel: 01604 368360

[1][email address]

[2]www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Chris,

 

Highways have confirmed that the budget of £212,000 for supported bus
services is to pay for services until they are terminated.

 

Kind regards

 

Sarah Jobling

Senior Administrator

Freedom of Information/Data Protection Team

Business Intelligence and Project Management

Northamptonshire County Council

 

Tel: 01604 368360

[email address]

[1]www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: Freedom of Information
Sent: 17 April 2018 11:18
To: 'Chris Todd' <[FOI #472771 email]>
Subject: RE: [UNCLASSIFIED] FR8103 (closed)

 

Dear Chris,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

I have made enquiries with our service area and will get back to you as
soon as I hear from them.

 

Kind regards

 

Sarah Jobling

Senior Administrator

Freedom of Information/Data Protection Team

Business Intelligence and Project Management

Northamptonshire County Council

 

Tel: 01604 368360

[2][email address]

[3]www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Sarah,

Many thanks for the speedy response.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd