Decision details

OD/16/41 Sunday / Evening Bus Services - SE Ipswich

Decision Maker: Officer Decision

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Although the Council has no statutory duty to subsidise bus services, at its meeting of 14th July 2015 the Council’s Executive determined to fund a trial diversion of Ipswich Buses Services 6 and 11 (now 6 and 6A) through Broke Hall in the evenings and on Sundays / Bank Holidays, following changes made to other commercial bus services. The trial diversion was to run for 12 months during which period a decision would be made as to whether to continue the trial and if so for how long and on what terms. The Council entered into a Service Subsidy Agreement with the operator of the services (Ipswich Buses Ltd) and the trial diversion started on 4th October 2015. The agreement runs until 1st October 2016.

 

Ipswich Buses have supplied some statistics on usage, the effect of which is to show that the numbers of passengers boarding or alighting on these services on Broke Hall has been very low and that this has resulted in a subsidy per passenger of over £11. As such, a decision has now been made not to extend the Service Subsidy Agreement as it is considered that this does not offer value for money to the Council.

Decision:

At its meeting of 14th July 2015 the Council’s Executive determined to fund a trial diversion of Ipswich Buses Services 6 and 11 (now 6 and 6A) through Broke Hall in the evenings and on Sundays / Bank Holidays, following changes made to other commercial bus services. The Council entered into a Service Subsidy Agreement with the operator of the services (Ipswich Buses Ltd). The agreement runs until 1st October 2016.

 

A decision has been made not to extend the Service Subsidy Agreement as it is considered that this does not offer value for money to the Council.

Publication date: 03/10/2016

Date of decision: 29/09/2016

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