TfL negotiations with Bamford Bus Company (Wrightbus)

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Dear Transport for London,

1. Can you provide email and/or letter communications with Wrightbus during the time they entered to administration (September 2019) and after the takeover by Bamford Bus Company.

2. Can you provide a list of current projects and schemes contracted to Wrightbus and Bamford Bus Company?

3. Can you provide more details and purpose about the current projects contracted to Wrightbus and Bamford Bus Company?

4. What are TfL proposals and future plans with Bamford Bus Company to make improvements with the London Bus fleet (including the New Routemaster project)?

Yours faithfully
Philip Brooker

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Brooker

 

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Eva Hextall

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FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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Dear Mr Brooker

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2681-1920

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 3
December 2019.

 

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

 

 1. Can you provide email and/or letter communications with Wrightbus
during the time they entered to administration (September 2019) and
after the takeover by Bamford Bus Company.

 

We cannot share this information while it remains part of our commercial
negotiations with Bamford Bus Company and any other related parties. In
this instance the exemption at section 43(2) of the FOI Act has been
applied to this information as disclosure would be likely to prejudice our
commercial interests, as well as Bamford Bus Company’s. There is a risk
Bamford Bus Company may try to reduce the scope of the work currently
being considered for the same price or increase their price for the same
scope of work, and we need a detailed and costed programme from them to
understand its proposals and be able to negotiate potential options.
Prejudice would be likely to occur when we go out to tender for this and
similar services in the future, as it would impair our negotiating
position with other third parties and how much we are prepared to pay, if
we don’t go ahead with Bamford Bus Company’s proposal. Disclosing this
information could also be prejudicial to the bus company’s ability to
compete for tendering opportunities with TfL and other companies in the
future, as their competitive edge would inevitably be prejudiced by
disclosure of their commercial proposals.

 

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. TfL
recognises the need for openness and transparency by public authorities
but in this instance the public interest in ensuring that TfL is able to
obtain the best value for public money outweighs the general public
interest in increasing transparency of our processes.

 

 

 2. Can you provide a list of current projects and schemes contracted to
Wrightbus and Bamford Bus Company?

 

The projects and initiatives planned with Wrightbus include the purchase
of 20 new hydrogen fuel-cell buses to assist us with fleet emissions
reduction and the potential conversion of more New Routemaster buses to
front-door boarding to reduce fare evasion and provide more consistency to
boarding and alighting across the bus network. We do not have contract
arrangements with Bamford Bus Company and are currently in commerical
discussions with the new owners to see if we can take these activities
forward.

 

 3. Can you provide more details and purpose about the current projects
contracted to Wrightbus and Bamford Bus Company?

 

See answers to questions 1 and 2.

 

 4. What are TfL proposals and future plans with Bamford Bus Company to
make improvements with the London Bus fleet (including the New
Routemaster project)?

 

We are keen that Bamford Bus Company understands our future needs. We have
had initial engagement with them over our plans as well as commercial
discussions related to the two specific projects mentioned above. There
are no plans to extend the diesel-hybrid New Routemaster fleet. Any future
procurement will be subject to the usual competitive procurement
processes. 

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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