Bus service provision

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 How many and which supported routes are likely to be completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2018/19?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 How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18, listed for each year?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

Dear Sir/Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01-7419

 

We acknowledge your request for information received on 22 March 2018.

 

We are considering your request and you should receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days, unless the information is
exempt or we require additional time to consider whether disclosure is in
the public interest in accordance with section 2 of the Freedom of
Information Act.

 

We will try to supply information in electronic format by email, but if
this is not possible we will let you know. If you have any special
requirements e.g. language, audio, large print, etc. then please let us
know.

 

The Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the
information you have requested. Before we provide the information we will
consider whether it is proper to release it and if any of the exemption
categories do apply then the information will not be released. We will
tell you if this is the case, and you will have a right of appeal.

 

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to
release the information to you. We will tell you if this is the case.

 

You may have to pay a fee for this information. We will consider this and
let you know. If so you will have to pay the fee before we process and
release the information.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, then please contact me directly. You
can find out more about the Act from the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales

2nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

Telephone: 02920 678400 Fax: 02920 678399

Email: [email address]

Website: https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Y Swyddfa Rhyddid Gwybodaeth | Freedom of Information Office

Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol  |  Operational and Partnership
Services

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-Y-Bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough
Council

Ffon / Phone: (01656) 643473

Ffacs / Fax: (01656) 657899

 

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foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Mr Todd,

 

I write in respect of the above request.

 

Unfortunately we are not in a position to respond at this time but will
endeavour to provide you with a response in the next 10 working days.

 

Please accept our apologies for the delay.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Charlotte Branford | Information and Data Protection Officer
Operational and Partnership Services | Bridgend County Borough Council |
Civic Offices | Angel Street | Bridgend | CF31 4WB
Tel :    (01656) 643565|  Email: [1][email address]|
Website: [2]www.bridgend.gov.uk

Swyddog Gwybodaeth a Diogelu Data

Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol
Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr | Swyddfeydd Dinesig | Stryd yr Angel | Pen-y-bont ar
Ogwr | CF31 4WB
Ffon :  (01656) 643565  |  Ebost: [3][email address] | 
Gwefan: [4]www.bridgend.gov.uk

Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Rhowch wybod i ni os mai Cymraeg
yw eich dewis iaith.

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choice is Welsh.

 

 

 

 

 

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foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01-7419

 

We refer to your email dated 22 March 2018 which contained a request for
information as set out in italics below.  Following consideration of your
request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I respond
to each point as follows:

 

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

BCBC budget for 2018-19 = £129,610.

 

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

We are unable to confirm these amounts with certainty until the financial
year closes. This information should be finalised and available within the
next month.

 

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

 

BCBC Contribution 16-17 (Total spend less WG
grant) 310,985.56

 

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)?

Proposal for 9 (nine) supported bus routes to be reduced/cut (see below):

 

Service No. Operator Route Fully Funded or
*Partly Funded?

 

*Some journeys or
sections of the route
are operated
commercially by the
operator.
51 EASYWAY Bridgend to Oaklands Road, Fully Funded
Daytime.

(Monday to Saturday)
803 EASYWAY Danygraig to Porthcawl, Fully Funded
Daytime. (Monday to
Saturday)
61 PEYTON TRAVEL Nottage to Porthcawl Fully Funded
(Circular), Daytime.

(Monday to Saturday)
81 EASYWAY Bridgend to Pen-y-Fai via *Partly Funded
Brackla & Coity Morning &
Afternoon.

(Monday to Friday)
68/69 FIRST CYMRU Bridgend to Cefn Glas, *Partly Funded
Early morning and Evening.

(Monday to Saturday)
52 EASYWAY Bridgend to Broadlands, Fully Funded
Daytime. (Monday to
Saturday)
63B FIRST CYMRU Bridgend to Porthcawl, *Partly Funded
Early morning and Evening

Mon- Sat)
62 FIRST CYMRU Bridgend to Pencoed - 2 *Partly Funded
No. Evening Journey's -
(Monday to Saturday)
73 EASYWAY Pyle to Fforddygyfraith, Fully Funded
(Tue & Fri only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 – None

2016/17 – None

 

 

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

See answer to Q4.

 

 

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 – None

 

 

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

N/A

 

I hope this response satisfies your request. If you are dissatisfied with
the handling of the request, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you
have the right to request a review of the Council’s response to your
request for information.  If you wish to request a review, please write
to:

 

Mr P A Jolley

Corporate Director, Operational and

Partnership Services and Monitoring Officer

Bridgend County Borough Council

Civic Offices,

Angel Street

Bridgend, CF31 4WB

 

within 28 days of the date of this letter.  If you remain dissatisfied
with the outcome of that review, you may seek further recourse by lodging
an appeal with the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

Tel:  02920 678400

Fax:  02920 678399

E:mail : [1][email address]

Website:  [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Y Swyddfa Rhyddid Gwybodaeth | Freedom of Ffon / Phone: (01656) 643473
Information Office
Ffacs / Fax: (01656) 657899
Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol 
|  Operational and Partnership Services  

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-Y-Bont ar Ogwr | E-bost / E-Mail
Bridgend County Borough Council [3][Bridgend County Borough Council request email]

Gwefan / Website:
[4]www.bridgend.gov.uk

 

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Dear Mr Jolley,

Could you let me have the 2017/18 spend figures now please? I was told in April they woudl be available in the next month.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01-7419

We acknowledge your request for information received on 7 June 2018.

We are considering your request and you should receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, unless the information is exempt or we require additional time to consider whether disclosure is in the public interest in accordance with section 2 of the Freedom of Information Act.

We will try to supply information in electronic format by email, but if this is not possible we will let you know. If you have any special requirements e.g. language, audio, large print, etc. then please let us know.

The Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the information you have requested. Before we provide the information we will consider whether it is proper to release it and if any of the exemption categories do apply then the information will not be released. We will tell you if this is the case, and you will have a right of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you. We will tell you if this is the case.

You may have to pay a fee for this information. We will consider this and let you know. If so you will have to pay the fee before we process and release the information.

If you have any queries or concerns, then please contact me directly. You can find out more about the Act from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales 2nd Floor Churchill House Churchill Way Cardiff
CF10 2HH
Telephone: 02920 678400 Fax: 02920 678399
Email: [email address]
Website: https://ico.org.uk/

Yours sincerely

Y Swyddfa Rhyddid Gwybodaeth | Freedom of Information Office
Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol | Operational and Partnership Services
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-Y-Bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough Council
Ffon / Phone: (01656) 643473
Ffacs / Fax: (01656) 657899

E-bost / E-Mail [Bridgend County Borough Council request email]
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foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Mr Todd,

Please accept my apologies for the delay.

We have calculated the 2017-18 outturn for subsidised services but since the original FOI was submitted, an error was found in 2016-17 accounts so we need to restate the figures as follows:

16-17 £ = £243,425.06
17-18 £ = £229,976.69

Yours sincerely,

Y Swyddfa Rhyddid Gwybodaeth | Freedom of Information Office
Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol | Operational and Partnership Services
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-Y-Bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough Council
Ffon / Phone: (01656) 643473
Ffacs / Fax: (01656) 657899

E-bost / E-Mail [Bridgend County Borough Council request email]
Gwefan / Website: www.bridgend.gov.uk

Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Rhowch wybod i ni os mai Cymraeg yw eich dewis iaith.
We welcome correspondence in Welsh. Please let us know if your language choice is Welsh.

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