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 type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Wards affected: Bixley;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 03/10/2016
Decision due: 29 Sep 2016 by Officer Decision
The Portfolio Holder for Environment & Transport and the ward councillors for Bixley ward have been consulted on this decision. Bixley ward councillors requested that more data be obtained on usage to assist in making this decision but Ipswich Buses were not able to provide any more over and above that which they had already provided.