Dear Staffordshire County Council,

I have been informed that the county council have applied for an allocation of the £31m funding for supported bus services in 2020/21.

(1) How much have you applied for?
(2) At the time of this FOI request has the funding been approved?
(3) What specific bus routes or corridors will be subsidised in Staffordshire?
(4) Will you be supporting daytime, evening and Sunday services?
(5) Will Great Wyrley, Landywood and Cheslyn Hay have reinstated evening and Sunday bus services?
(6) When will operators be able to start new supported services or journeys?

Yours faithfully,

Mr L Murphy
Chairman, Great Wyrley & Cheslyn Hay Community Group

Staffordshire County Council

Dear Lee Murphy,
 
Thank you for your request for information received by Staffordshire
County Council on 29/06/2020.
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. 

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Access Team

Portch, David (Corporate), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Lee Murphy

Thank you for your request for information.

Please find information provided by the relevant service team(s) below.

1) Staffordshire County Council has applied for £583,372
2) No
3) 74 Stafford – Cannock via Brocton 2 hourly
75 Stafford – Cannock via Penkridge 2 hourly
825 Stafford – Lichfield via Rugeley 2 hourly
811 Lichfield – Burton via Fradley, Alrewas & Barton 2 hourly
765 Tamworth – Lichfield via Whittington Hourly
70 Cannock – Wolverhampton 2 Hourly
1 Cannock – Walsall 2 Hourly
60A Cannock – Lichfield 2 Hourly
401 Uttoxeter – Burton via Tutbury 2 Hourly
32 Uttoxeter – Upper Tean Hourly
26 Cannock – Pye Green Circular Hourly
228 Kinver – Merry Hill (Stourbridge) 90 min
16 Leek – Cheddleton – Hanley (additional journeys) infill
16 Buxton- Leek 1 return journey infill
109 Leek – Macclesfield 2 return journeys
2 Stapenhill – Burton – Horninglow Hourly
7 Stafford – Moss Pit Hourly
H Stafford – Hospital Hourly
9 Stafford – Highfields Hourly
12 Stafford – Doxey Hourly
Swift Uttoxeter – Ashbourne 2 Hourly
4) It is proposed to use 100% of the funding to restore a daytime Sunday/Bank Holiday service following routes that currently have a Monday to Saturday commercial service in place.
5) The funding is to be used as in 4)
6) No proposed date presently as award of funding has not yet been confirmed.

If you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority you should contact us in the first instance.  Send your comment or complaint to:

Access Manager, Access Team, Staffordshire County Council, 2 Staffordshire Place, Stafford ST16 2DH or email [email address]

If you then have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Regards
  
David Portch

Access Team
Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place
Stafford
ST16 2DH

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Dear Portch, David (Corporate),

Thank you for your very prompt reply. May I just query three things:

(1) Are these specific routes final or could they change?
(2) Would the Arriva 2A be more suitable than the Arriva 1? This serves more of the village (Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley and Landywood) and previously ran on Sundays. The number 1 only serves Great Wyrley.
(3) What is the rationale for not looking to fund evening services, which may increase numbers during the daytime?

Yours sincerely,

Lee Murphy

Portch, David (Corporate), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Lee Murphy

The Access to Information Team are only responsible for processing requests and to not have access to the service information or systems. I will go back to the service to obtain answers to your questions below and hope to be able to get back to you as soon as possible.

Regards
  
David Portch

Access Team
Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place
Stafford
ST16 2DH

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