Campaign for Better Transport

Dear Bedford Borough Council,

I am writing to you to request the following information:

1. What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2018/19?*

2. What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2009/10?*

*Note: These refer 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.

3. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the fiscal year 2018/19 and (for example loss of weekend or evening services)? Please state if these are partial (the numbered service still runs but on fewer times) or total (the numbered service is completely withdrawn) cuts.

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

5a. What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in mainstream education) in 2018/19?

5b. How many pupils was this for?

6a. What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in mainstream education) in 2013/14?

6b. How many pupils was this for?

The information provided will be used as part of a national picture of the effect of changes to central Government funding has had on the provision of local bus services. In each case we are only requesting information related to your local authority.

Our work also seeks to promote examples of local authorities that 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.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Todd

Campaign for Better Transport

Freedom of Information, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

We will proceed with the request which we received today. It is our
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Andrea Bechtle, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Chris Todd,

 

 

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. FOI
14021

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must
state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold
the information you requested.

 

Please find your request and the response below.

 

1. What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal
year 2018/19?

£611,612.10  for 2018/9  - This figure excludes s106 and BSOG etc.

 

2. What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal
year 2009/10?

The dataset for 2009/2010 is not available.

 

3. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the
fiscal year 2018/19 and (for example loss of weekend or evening
services)?  Please state if these are partial (the numbered service still
runs but on fewer times) or total (the numbered service is completely
withdrawn) cuts.

Bedford Borough Council made no cuts to supported bus services during
2018/9.

 

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

Not applicable.

 

5a. What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in
mainstream education) in 2018/19?

£74825

 

5b. How many pupils was this for?

119

 

6a. What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in
mainstream education) in 2013/14?

£80360 

 

6b. How many pupils was this for?

Approximately 102   (unfortunately this data may contain a small number of
students over 16 but our historical records do not allow for the split)

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Liz Verby on behalf of

Andrea Bechtle

FOI & EIR Officer - Environment & Enabling Services

Bedford Borough Council

Room 336, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK429AP

(01234) 718243 (ext 47243)
‘Bedford Borough Council - Working with our partners to make the borough a
better place to live, work and visit.’

 

 

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Campaign for Better Transport

Dear Andrea,

Thanks for the information.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

Campaign for Better Transport

Andrea Bechtle, Bedford Borough Council

I am currently out of office. I will respond to your email upon my return.
If the matter is urgent please contact
[1][email address] Thank you.

 

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