Bus Services and Subsidies

Jasmine Chahal made this Freedom of Information request to Swindon Borough Council

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Dear Swindon Borough Council,

I hereby submit this Freedom of Information request for the following facts and figures regarding bus and public transport provision in Swindon Borough Council as of 2011.

We are gathering this information as part of the Save Our Buses campaign. We know that the Government has made very deep cuts to local authority budgets and that local authorities have been struggling to keep their bus networks intact while finding savings. What we want to gather is a national picture of bus cuts, so that we can explain to central Government exactly how their decisions are likely to impact the country. Without this big picture the Government is able to dismiss bus cuts as local decisions. We hope to lobby the Government to give greater financial support for the bus network because we understand that the smooth operation of a whole range of national and local government provision and work is dependent on people being able to catch the bus.

We know that some authorities have already made decisions regarding cuts, some are still in the process of making decisions around how many services will lose funding and some have made some cuts and are considering further cuts. We are trying to get a picture of the risk posed to the bus network, so where you have proposals being considered but decisions have not been made finally yet please let us know.

I am aware of the general figures and information currently on your website, but would be grateful for clarification on the following points:

1) The number of bus services which will be subject to a reduction or withdrawal of Council subsidy this financial year, in 2012/13 and in 2013/14.
2) The number of previously subsidised bus services that have already been entirely lost following the withdrawal of subsidy. If you have withdrawn subsidy and are waiting to find out how the bus operator is going to react please also let us know about these buses.
3) The number of previously subsidised bus services that have not been totally lost, but that have been reduced in terms of route or frequency following the withdrawal of subsidy. If you have withdrawn subsidy and are waiting to find out how the bus operator is going to react please also let us know about these buses.
4) If you can provide a list of the services in question and how they have been or will be affected please let us know.
5) Have you calculated the number of bus passenger journeys the changes in subsidy could impact once your cuts have been fully implemented? If yes please state the number. I would like to know how many are at risk even if there is a chance that the operator will in fact run the service commercially going forward.
6) Have you calculated the number of bus miles the changes in subsidy could impact once your cuts have been fully implemented? If yes please state the number. I would like to know how many are at risk even if there is a chance that the operator will in fact run the service commercially.
7) If you are still going through a process of consideration or consultation and have not yet made a decision on your budget for bus subsidies please let us know how many bus services, how many passengers and how many journey miles could be at risk in each proposal you are considering.

This information above may include, but not be limited to:

Minutes of Council budget-setting meetings and meetings with operators.
E-Mail conversations, specifically relating to the requested subject.
Route timings, and drafts of these timings.
Reasons for change and withdrawal of services, where this may occur.

Please let me know upon acknowledgement, if there are any queries relating to this request.

Yours faithfully,

Jasmine Chahal
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Save Our Buses Campaign
Campaign for Better Transport
www.bettertransport.org.uk
020 7566 6489

Customer Services, Swindon Borough Council

Thank you for your email which has been forwarded to Freedom of Information for response.

Kind regards

Customer Services
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House
Swindon SN1 2JG
Phone: 01793 445500

E-mail: [Swindon Borough Council request email]
Website: www.swindon.gov.uk

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Dear Swindon Borough Council,

I am writing to follow up on this FOI request made on 14 July 2011, as I haven't yet had a response which should have come through some time ago.

Please could you advise me of the status of this request, and when I am likely to receive a response for the requested information. I am hoping to use this information to create a national picture of how public transport is being affected locally by the national Government spending review, and the information requested will be of particular help.

Yours faithfully,

Jasmine Chahal

Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

Dear Ms. Chahal,

 

Ref FOI Freedom of Information Request 101000295846

 

Thank you for your follow up request for details of Bus Services and
Subsidies, dated 15^th September 2011 received in our office on 15^th
September 2011:

 

I have now traced the original request which was dated 14^th July 2011.
Please accept my apologies for not dealing with this request first time
around. I dealt with another request relating to Bus Services and
Subsidies from you with the same date and may have thought at the time
that the second request was a duplicate. I can now see that this was not
the case. I have now passed on this request to the appropriate department
to provide me with the answers to enable me to reply to you. It is my
intention to complete this delayed reply to you no later than Friday 23^rd
September 2011.

 

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me as detailed,
quoting the above reference number.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Mr. Ceri Stephens([email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: www.swindon.gov.uk

 

The views expressed in this email are personal and may not necessarily
reflect those of Swindon Borough Council unless explicitly stated
otherwise. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential
and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they
are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify me
immediately. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you
should not copy it for any purpose, or disclose it's contents to any other
person. Senders and recipients of email should be aware that, under the
Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000, the contents
may have to be disclosed. The contents may be subject to recording and/or
monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation This footnote also
confirms that this email has been swept by Anti-Virus software for the
presence of computer viruses. However, Swindon Borough Council cannot
accept liability for viruses that may be in this email and we recommend
that you check all emails with an appropriate virus scanner.
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Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

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Dear Ms Chahal,

 

 

Ref: FOI Freedom of Information Request 101000295846

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 15^th September 2011 received in our
office on 15^th September 2011, concerning Bus Services and Subsidies.  

 

I enclose for your attention, the following information (see attached
spread sheet).

 

I still have one outstanding request from you that I hope to be able to
respond to you on by the middle of next week. I apologise for the delays
that have occurred on both of these requests.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received in relation to
your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review, you should
contact:

 

Customer Services

Civic Offices

Euclid Street

Swindon

Website: www.[Swindon Borough Council request email]

 

The complaints/review procedure involves a full review and an examination
of all the information by the Council's Monitoring Officer. 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of our conclusion, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner's Office for a decision, before
contacting the Council. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless
you have exhausted the Council's own complaints procedure.

 

The Information Officer can be contacted at :

 

The Information Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Email: [1][email address]

Tel: 01625 545700 (ask for Freedom of Information)

 

If you require any further information concerning this matter, please
contact me as detailed, quoting the above reference number in any future
communications.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mr. Ceri Stephens([email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: www.swindon.gov.uk

 

The views expressed in this email are personal and may not necessarily
reflect those of Swindon Borough Council unless explicitly stated
otherwise. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential
and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they
are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify me
immediately. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you
should not copy it for any purpose, or disclose it's contents to any other
person. Senders and recipients of email should be aware that, under the
Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000, the contents
may have to be disclosed. The contents may be subject to recording and/or
monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation This footnote also
confirms that this email has been swept by Anti-Virus software for the
presence of computer viruses. However, Swindon Borough Council cannot
accept liability for viruses that may be in this email and we recommend
that you check all emails with an appropriate virus scanner.
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Dear Ceri Stephens,

Thank you very much for the information provided. As outlined in the FOI request, we are looking to gather this information as part of the Save Our Buses campaign. The information that we have collected will help to create a national picture of the level of
bus cuts, and how this will impact on the lives of people up and down the county.

Thank you once again for your help, and I appreciate the effort and time you’ve taken to present this information.

Thank you,

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Save Our Buses Campaign
Campaign for Better Transport
www.bettertransport.org.uk
020 7566 6489

Dear Swindon Borough Council,

You mentioned in your email of the 30th September from Ceri Stephens that you had one further outstanding request from us that you would be replying to. This was a request regarding school bus cuts. We have not yet received this reply and I am writing to ask you to please check your records.

Yours faithfully,
Sophie Allain
on behalf of
Jasmine Chahal

Customer Services, Swindon Borough Council

Thank you for your email which has been forwarded to the FOI office for response.

Kind regards

Customer Services
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House
Swindon SN1 2JG
Phone: 01793 445500

E-mail: [Swindon Borough Council request email]
Website: www.swindon.gov.uk

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Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

Dear Ms Allan,

 

Here is  our third and final reply to questions about bus subsidies and
public transport provision referred to in your e-mail to Sharon Druett
dated 10^th November 2011.

 

Regards

 

 

Mr. Ceri Stephens([email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: www.swindon.gov.uk

 

 

From: Ceri Stephens
Sent: 07 November 2011 15:39
To: '[email address]'
Subject: Freedom of Information Request 101000297118

 

Dear Ms Chahal,

 

 

Ref: FOI Freedom of Information Request 101000297118

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 22^nd September 2011, concerning bus and
public transport provision in the area under the control of Swindon
Borough Council. I apologise for the delay in responding to your
request.  

 

I enclose for your attention, the following information.

 

1.    Information about any cuts to home to school transport. There have
been no cuts in 2011/12. However, it has been agreed by council that
denominational (discretional) transport will no longer be provided as part
of home to school transport from September 2012.

2.    Information about any cuts to Post 16 Education provisions. There
has been no change to post 16 transport policy in 2011/12.

3.    Information about concessionary fares for young people. Swindon
Borough Council do not have any concessionary fares for young people. The
two main operators (Thamesdown Transport and Stagecoach Swindon) both
offer a child fare. Swindon Borough Council offer free statutory travel as
part of the ENCTS.

4.    Information about any reductions in 2011/12 to the budget for
capital funding improvements for bus provision. The amount spent on
capital bus schemes in 2010/11 was £326,000.00 and for 2011/12 this
figure is estimated to be £154,200.00. Although this financial year
(11/12) spend is expected to be less than 10/11 as shown above, it is in
line with our plans under our LTP proposals and therefore no planned
schemes have had to be cancelled in 2011/12.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received in relation to
your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review, you should
contact:

 

Customer Services

Civic Offices

Euclid Street

Swindon

Website: [1]www.[Swindon Borough Council request email]

 

The complaints/review procedure involves a full review and an examination
of all the information by the Council's Monitoring Officer. 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of our conclusion, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner's Office for a decision, before
contacting the Council. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless
you have exhausted the Council's own complaints procedure.

 

The Information Officer can be contacted at :

 

The Information Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Email: [2][email address]

Tel: 01625 545700 (ask for Freedom of Information)

 

If you require any further information concerning this matter, please
contact me as detailed, quoting the above reference number in any future
communications.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mr. Ceri Stephens([3][email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: [4]www.swindon.gov.uk

 

The views expressed in this email are personal and may not necessarily
reflect those of Swindon Borough Council unless explicitly stated
otherwise. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential
and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they
are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify me
immediately. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you
should not copy it for any purpose, or disclose it's contents to any other
person. Senders and recipients of email should be aware that, under the
Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000, the contents
may have to be disclosed. The contents may be subject to recording and/or
monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation This footnote also
confirms that this email has been swept by Anti-Virus software for the
presence of computer viruses. However, Swindon Borough Council cannot
accept liability for viruses that may be in this email and we recommend
that you check all emails with an appropriate virus scanner.
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