More questions about the withdrawal of AEC Routemasters from TfL services

Ryan Holloway made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Hello TfL Freedom of Information department

This is a follow-up to my previous FOI request (TfL Ref: 0088-2021).

1. How much revenue did TfL make for selling the AEC Routemasters used for routes 9H and 15H?

2. Can you list the non-TfL (London Service Permit) companies and routes which uses AEC Routemasters in London?

3. Can you list the payments in yearly breakdown made to First London/Tower Transit for operating route 9H during years 2005 to 2014?

4. Can you list the payments in yearly breakdown made to East London Bus Group/Stagecoach for operating route 15H during years 2005 to 2020?

5. How often do TfL receive requests by heritage and preservation groups to operate vintage buses for 'running days'? Can you release dates and routes of vintage bus 'running days' on TfL bus routes?

Yours faithfully,

Ryan Holloway

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Holloway

TfL Ref: 0337-2122

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Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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Dear Mr Holloway

 

TfL Ref: 0337-2122

 

Thank you for your request received by us on 13 May 2021 asking for
information about the withdrawal of AEC Routemasters from TfL services,
following your previous request for information (reference: 0088-2122).

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can
confirm that we hold some of the information you require. You asked:

 

1. How much revenue did TfL make for selling the AEC Routemasters used for
routes 9H and 15H?

 

We are currently reviewing the options available for the buses that served
the 15H and will make a decision in due course.

 

The buses that we released onto the open market following the decision to
no longer operate bus route 9H raised £195,840.

 

2. Can you list the non-TfL (London Service Permit) companies and routes
which uses AEC Routemasters in London?

 

The companies using these vehicles for their respective tours are listed
below:

 

Attend IT Ltd t/a RedRoutemaster.com – Service H; whilst approved for use
in 2019, the service is yet to launch

 

Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Ltd – Dinner Tea Bus Tour.

 

Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Ltd – Afternoon Tea Bus Tour.

 

The Ghost Bus Tour Ltd – The Ghost Bus Tour.

 

Premium Coaches Ltd – Jack the Ripper Tour.

 

Premium Coaches Ltd – London Highlights Tour.

 

Premium Coaches Ltd – Magic of London Tour; approved for one journey per
day dependant on demand.

 

Premium Coaches Ltd – Iconic Experience.

 

Premium Coaches Ltd – Iconic Route B.

 

 

3. Can you list the payments in yearly breakdown made to First
London/Tower Transit for operating route 9H during years 2005 to 2014?

 

4. Can you list the payments in yearly breakdown made to East London Bus
Group/Stagecoach for operating route 15H during years 2005 to 2020?

 

Please see the attached spreadsheet listing contract values for these
routes including cost of living increases applied while they were in
place. As the routes would not have featured a high volume of lost mileage
deductions, these values should represent the payments made.

 

5. How often do TfL receive requests by heritage and preservation groups
to operate vintage buses for 'running days'? Can you release dates and
routes of vintage bus 'running days' on TfL bus routes?

 

We understand from our bus operators that there are normally two to six
events of this type a year.

 

For services carrying passengers onboard, vehicles must be properly
insured and have safety checks. Therefore, most arrangements are made
through the bus operators rather than Transport for London and so we do
not hold the detail you have requested.

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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