Dear Transport for London,

Bus routes 29, 207, 436 & 453 had their contracts terminated early so that they could be replaced by non-articulated buses.

Please could you tell me, under the Freedom of Information Act, for each of these routes, whether any early termination clause was levied by the contractor, and if so, how much.

Yours faithfully,

Mr M Deutsch

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Deutsch

 

TfL Ref:          FOI-1794-1112

 

Thank you for your e-mail received by Transport for London (TfL) on 5
March 2012 asking for information about the removal of articulated buses.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. 

 

A response will be provided to you by 3 April 2012.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
feel free to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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Dear Mr Deutsch

 

TfL Ref:          FOI-1794-1112

 

Thank you for your e-mail received by Transport for London (TfL) on 5
March 2012 asking for information about the removal of articulated buses.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. I can
confirm TfL does hold the information you require. You said:

 

Bus routes 29, 207, 436 & 453 had their contracts terminated early so that
they could be replaced by non-articulated buses.

    

Please could you tell me, under the Freedom of Information Act, for each
of these routes, whether any early termination clause was levied by the
contractor, and if so, how much.

 

There was a one-off cost of £2.2m in respect of routes 29 and 207, where
the conversions to double deck took place before the contracts expired.
Whilst there has been some costs associated with the removal of bendy
buses the savings that will be delivered through the reduction in fare
evasion is expected to be around £7.1m each year.

 

No charges arose on routes 436 and 453.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for please feel free to
contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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Dear Gemma,

Thank you for your timely reply.

As a follow-up question (I realise this may be treated as a new request), please could you tell me how TfL arrived at the figure of £7.1m of savings through the reduction of fare evasion?

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Deutsch

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Deutsch

 

TfL Ref:          FOI-1945-1112

 

Thank you for your e-mail received by Transport for London (TfL) on 26
March 2012 asking for information about the savings made following the
withdrawal of articulated buses.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. 

 

A response will be provided to you by 25 April 2012.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
feel free to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

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Dear Mr Deutsch

 

TfL Ref:          FOI-1945-1112

 

Thank you for your e-mail received by Transport for London (TfL) on 26
March 2012 asking for information about the savings made following the
withdrawal of articulated buses.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. I can
confirm TfL does hold the information you require. You asked:

 

How TfL arrived at the figure of £7.1m of savings through the reduction of
fare evasion?

 

TfL estimates that conversion of all 12 articulated routes will lead to
fare evasion savings of £7.1m per annum (£7.4m minus the operating
costs). The table below shows the estimated level per articulated bus
route. 

 

Surveys are undertaken every quarter, in February, May, August and
November to investigate the levels of fare evasion on the London bus
network. A representative sample of One Person Operated (OPO) routes is
surveyed plus all of the articulated routes to enable a comprehensive
coverage of London.

 

When operated with articulated buses, fare evasion on routes 507 and 521
was much lower than on other routes, in part due to the higher proportion
of passengers interchanging from/to rail and holding a valid Travelcard.
These routes continue to permit boarding at the centre door.

 

+--------------------------------------------------+
| Route | £000 per annum |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 12 | -601 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 18 | -665 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 25 | -1367 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 29 | -726 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 38 | -792 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 73 | -745 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 149 | -877 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 207 | -581 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 436 | -527 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 453 | -519 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 507 | 0 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| 521 | 0 |
|---------------------+----------------------------|
| Total | -7400 |
+--------------------------------------------------+

 

If this is not the information you are looking for please feel free to
contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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Dear Gemma,

Many thanks for your response.

Yours sincerely,

M Deutsch

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