Bus service provision

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Campaign for Better Transport

Dear North East Combined Authority,

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if these are partial (the numbered service still runs but on fewer times) or total (the numbered service is completely withdrawn) cuts.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

NECA FOI, North East Combined Authority

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Freedom Info,

Dear Chris,

 

Thank you for the Freedom of Information request which has been passed to
me at Nexus but the North East Combined Authority.  Please note that this
information relates to the Tyne and Wear region and does not include
information relating to Durham County Council and Northumberland County
Council.  I believe that these authorities have been asked separately to
provide this information to you.  The questions you asked are as follows
and I have included a response below each question.

 

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

 

The total net spend for 2018/19 was £7,771,733 (note: this does not
include CT allocation/off bus revenue or BSOG)

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

The total net spend for 2009/10 was £9,761,634 (note: this does not
include CT allocation/off bus revenue or BSOG)

*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.

There has been 4 supported routes of which 3 were partial (services Q1/Q2,
Q3 and 310) and 1 total (service K3).

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

There has been 1 previously supported route taken on commercially, service
Q3.

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

Nexus does not hold this information.

5b. How many pupils was this for?

Nexus does not hold this information.

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

Nexus does not hold this information.

6b. How many pupils was this for?

 

Nexus does not hold this information.

 

Regards

Michael

 

Michael Hunt

Administration Manager

 

Nexus, Nexus House, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4AX

Telephone 0191 2033243 / Fax 0191 2033181

 

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Campaign for Better Transport

Dear Michael,

Thanks for the information.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

Campaign for Better Transport