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 How many and which supported routes are likely to be completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?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 How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, listed for each year?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

FOI/2018/329

 

Dear Mr Todd

 

Request for information: Bus Services

 

Thank you for your request received on 22 March 2018; we will seek to
respond within twenty working days.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Rachel Craggs

Principal Policy Officer (Information Management)

Strategic Support, West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street,
Newbury RG14 5LD

(01635) 519441  |  Ext 2441  |  [email address]

www.westberks.gov.uk

 

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foi, West Berkshire Council

FOI/2018/329

 

Dear Mr Todd

 

Request for information: Bus Services

 

Please see below the Council’s response to your request for information.

 

You have asked;

 

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

£689,190.00

(Please note the Council also pays for and operates a number of
non-tendered in-house public bus services, the costs of which (for qs1-3
of this FOI), given the description below, have been excluded)

 

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

£918,343.82

 

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

£1,486,102.30

 

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)?

None that we are aware of at this stage

 

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

One:

Service 9 replaced with reduced service 9

 

2016/17

Six:

Service 143

Service 2 replaced by reduced service 2

Service 3 replaced by reduced service 3

Service 107 replaced by reduced service 5

Services 101, 104, 105 replaced by increased service 101 but reduced
services 40, 41, 44

Service 28

                                

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withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?

None that we are aware of at this stage

 

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 How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in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

2017/18

None

 

2016/17

Three:

Service 75

Service 90 Hungerford-Lambourn

Service 40

 

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

2017/18

One:

The reduction in service 9 has effectively been replaced through the
introduction of a new commercial service 123

 

2016/17

Two:

The supported service 101 was replaced with a commercial service 101
(although this was subsequently withdrawn)

The supported service 102 was replaced with a commercial service 102
(although this was subsequently reduced)

 

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.

Seeking funding from parish/town councils.

Provision of public bus services in-house and integrating with adult
social care and home to school transport contracts.

Retendering individual services into one larger tender package

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may ask
for an internal review. You should contact The FoI Reviewing Officer,
Strategic Support, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD, email
FoI[1]@westberks.gov.uk  if you wish to request a review. If you are not
content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Suzi Kenchington 

Information Access Compliance Officer

Strategic Support,

West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD

email:  [2][email address]

' 01635 519860 (external)      '  2860 (internal)      

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