Campaign for Better Transport

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if these are partial (the numbered service still runs but on fewer times) or total (the numbered service is completely withdrawn) cuts.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

FOI CA, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Dear Mr Todd

RSN18889

Thank you for your email to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and will be answered within twenty working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me. Please quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Henderson

Senior Information Management Officer | Merseytravel | Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
Office: 0151 330 1679 | Email: [Liverpool City Region Combined Authority request email]

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FOI CA, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

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Dear Mr Todd

RSN18889

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act. Please find the Combined Authority’s response to your enquiry below.

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

£15,612,692.70

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

£21,003,487.52

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.

Please see attached spreadsheet ‘FOI RSN18889 Q3 & 4’.

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

Please see attached spreadsheet ‘FOI RSN18889 Q3 & 4’.

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 Combined Authority and Merseytravel are not involved in the provision of free school transport, so we unfortunately do not hold any recorded information in relation to these questions.

If you have not already done so, I would recommend redirecting your request to our constituent councils using the details below:
• Halton (https://www3.halton.gov.uk/Pages/council...)
• Knowsley (https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/your-council...)
• Liverpool (https://liverpool.gov.uk/council/data-pr...)
• Sefton (https://www.sefton.gov.uk/your-council/o...)
• St Helens (https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/a-to-z/freed...)
• Wirral (https://www.wirral.gov.uk/about-council/...)

I trust that the information provided is of interest to you.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review, which should be addressed to:
Jill Coule
Chief Legal Officer / Monitoring Officer
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
[email address]

If you are not content with the result of your internal review, you also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, whose address is
The Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF
www.ico.gov.uk

Andy Henderson

Senior Information Management Officer | LCRCA | Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
Office: 0151 330 1679 | Email: [Liverpool City Region Combined Authority request email]

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Dear Mr Todd

RSN18889

Thank you for your email to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and will be answered within twenty working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me. Please quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Henderson

Senior Information Management Officer | Merseytravel | Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
Office: 0151 330 1679 | Email: [Liverpool City Region Combined Authority request email]

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Campaign for Better Transport

Dear Andy,

Thanks for the information.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

Campaign for Better Transport