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CMDE7E

Bus Service Subsidies Review

Annex 1: Background information and consultation responses

A: Vale of White Horse area review

Contracts under review

Contrac

Service Days of

ITEM Route t Operator Page

number operation

number

Oxford Bus

A 4 Abingdon-Wootton-Cumnor Daily eves V4 3 Company Sun/BH eves Wantage-Abingdon V42 Stagecoach B 31 Mon-Thurs 4 Wantage-Marcham-Abingdon-Oxford V43 Oxfordshire eves Wantage town service C 38 Mon-Sat V44 Whites 5 Wantage-Letcombes-Childrey 40/41/42 Abingdon Town Service D 44 Abingdon-Oxford via Boars Hill Mon-Sat V1 Heyfordian 6 218 Wytham-Oxford Oxfordshire E 43 Eaton-Longworth-Tubney-Abingdon Thurs V6 8 C.C ITU Faringdon F 61 Faringdon town services Mon-Fri V70 Community 9 Bus G 63 Oxford-Southmoor via Appleton Mon-Sat V61 Red Rose 10 Stagecoach H 65 Faringdon-Swindon via Longcot Mon-Sat V58 12 Swindon Faringdon-Oxford via Appleton/Eaton Mon-Sat V59 Faringdon-Swindon (early a.m) peak V74 Stagecoach I 66 13 Oxford-Swindon Mon-Fri V78 Swindon Sun/BH J 67/67A Wantage-Faringdon via Stanford Mon-Sat V7

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ITEM A Service 4 Contract V4: Abingdon-Wootton-Cumnor (Daily evenings and all day Sunday/Bank Holidays) Evening and Sunday service between Cumnor and Abingdon via Wootton previously funded by Section 106 money, but subsidised from bus subsidy budget since external funding ceased in 2010.

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Parishes served Cumnor, Wootton, St Helen Without, Abingdon Divisions served North Hinksey, Kingston and Cumnor, Kennington and Radley, Abingdon North, Abingdon East Alternative services No alternative evening and Sunday services link Wootton and Shippon with Abingdon and Oxford

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Comments from consultation Many calls for retention of evening and Sunday service from Wootton and Sunningwell residents, supported by Ed Vaizey MP. PETITION OF 1,926 SIGNATURES SUBMITTED.

Wootton PC: support evening and Sunday services due to unsafe nature of walking routes in area, commuter use, school use (evening activities/parents evenings), importance to service community and those living/working at Dalton Barracks, access for young and elderly and possible Section 106 support from Wootton Business Park housing development.

Priorities in order: improve service to half-hourly, retain existing service, retain evening service only, retain Sunday daytime and Thursday/Friday/Saturday evening service, retain busier evening journeys between early evening and last bus.

St Helen Without PC: support evening and Sunday services due to unsafe nature of walking routes in area, lack of alternative public transport, effect on disabled, elderly and vulnerable, importance to service community and those living/working at Dalton Barracks, school use (evening activities/parents evenings), community cohesion with Wootton.

Cumnor PC: urge continuation of both the evening and Sunday elements of the 4 service, which are particularly valuable for the young and elderly based on increasing patronage for access to Abingdon, retention of service for Henwood/Bradley Farm Cottages, workers at Tesco, access to extra-curricular activities at Abingdon schools, religious activities on Sundays and access to social facilities at Cumnor.

Bus Users UK: retain service unchanged Station Staff Officer, Dalton Barracks: Continuation urged, as numbers of servicemen/families/contractors at Dalton Barracks will increase patronage and utility of evening and Sunday service. Reference to ‘Community Covenant’ in conjunction with OCC.

Layla Moran, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate, Oxford West/Abingdon: Retain evening service to benefit accessibility for young people Prices sought for various levels of continued provision on evenings and Sundays

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ITEM B Service 31 Contract V42: Wantage – Marcham – Abingdon (Sunday and Bank Holiday evenings) Contract V43: Wantage-Marcham-Abingdon-Oxford (Monday – Thursday evenings) Contracts cover specific evening journeys on service 31 to generate an hourly frequency on Monday to Saturday evenings and a two-hourly evening frequency on Sundays.

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Parishes served Oxford, [Sunningwell], [Kennington], Abingdon, Marcham, [Frilford], [Garford], East Hanney, Grove, Wantage Divisions served Grove and Wantage, Kingston and Cumnor, Sutton Courtenay and Marcham, Kennington and Radley, Abingdon South, Abingdon North, Abingdon East, Isis, Jericho and Osney Alternative services Commercial journeys on this route operate on Monday to Thursday at 1855 and 2155 from Wantage and 1900, 2050 and 2250 from Oxford.

The journeys covered by these contracts are provided commercially on Friday and Saturday evenings, with additional journeys providing a half-hourly frequency from midnight until 0300 from Oxford to Wantage. Journeys also operate from Abingdon to Oxford at 0049 and 0149.

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Comments from consultation Marcham P.C/South HinkseyP.C/Grove P.C/Bus Users UK/Cllr Zoe Patrick: Retain existing provision

Layla Moran, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate, Oxford West/Abingdon:

Retain evening service to benefit accessibility for young people Discussions held with operator over possible commercial provision

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ITEM C Service 38 Contract V44: Grove – Wantage – Letcombes – Childrey This contract provides the hourly Wantage and Grove town service, as well as an hourly service linking Childrey and East Challow with Wantage. Letcombe Regis and Letcombe Bassett are also served by morning peak journeys to Wantage and late afternoon and evening peak journeys from Wantage, in addition to the off-peak service provided by services 67//67B.

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Days of operation Monday to Saturday Frequency Broadly hourly, peak and off-peak Parishes served Wantage, Grove, East Challow, Childrey, Letcombe Bassett, Letcombe Regis Divisions served Grove and Wantage, Shrivenham Alternative services East Challow is linked with Wantage and Faringdon by Monday to Saturday peak and offpeak service 67A (also under review: see Item J), although there are sizeable gaps between journeys.

Letcombe Bassett and Letcombe Regis are linked with Wantage and Faringdon by Monday to Saturday off-peak services 67 and 67B (also under review: see Item J), but provide just three off-peak trips to Wantage and two back to the Letcombes per day. On Saturdays these villages are also served by service X47 (also under review: see Item Q), which offers three trips to and from Wantage or Swindon Current subsidy per annum £56,662 Average passenger journeys per day 235 Cost per passenger journey £0.78 Comments from consultation Go Ride CIC (bus operator): not quite commercial, but tendering of off-peak only hourly service and half-hourly Grove-Wantage service only suggested. Peak provision via commercial services 31/X30?

Grove PC: Retain and if possible provide a counter-clockwise service Bus Users UK: Rationalise service: provide some facilities by off-peak diversions of 67/67A East Challow PC: Retain service, and add Sunday journeys if possible Cllr Zoe Patrick: Lifeline service: town element should be retained though rural section of route could perhaps be provided by other services

Prices sought:

A) Existing service including Childrey

B) Peak service to Childrey, off-peak service terminates at East Challow

C) Peak/off-peak service terminating at East Challow

D) Off-peak service terminating at East Challow

E) Off-peak service terminating at East Challow timed to enable combination with school contract

F) Half-hourly peak/off-peak service covering Wantage and Grove with selected journeys also serving the Letcombes and Childrey

G) Half-hourly off-peak service covering Wantage and Grove only

H) Half-hourly off-peak service covering Wantage and Grove only timed to enable combination with school contract

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ITEM D Services 40/41/42: Abingdon town services Service 44: Abingdon – Oxford via Sunningwell and Bayworth Service 218: Wytham – Oxford via Five Mile Drive Contract V1 This contract provides the hourly peak and off-peak Abingdon town services (40/41/42), as well as a broadly two-hourly peak and off-peak service linking Sunningwell, Bayworth and Boars Hill with Abingdon and Oxford (44). The contract also covers a single return journey from Wytham and Five Mile Drive to Oxford (218).

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Divisions served 40/41/42: Abingdon East, Abingdon North, Abingdon South 44: Abingdon East, Abingdon North, Abingdon South, Kennington and Radley, North Hinksey, Jericho and Osney, St Margarets, University Parks, 218: Wolvercote and Summertown, St Margarets, University Parks, Jericho and Osney Alternative services

The Abingdon town services operate as follows:

40: Town Centre – Hospital – Drayton Road – Preston Road – Saxton Road – Caldecott Road – Town Centre 41: Town Centre – Hospital – Peachcroft – Dunmore Rd – Town Centre 42: Town Centre – Hospital – Peachcroft –– South Avenue – Northcourt Road – Town Centre All of the town service routes serve housing areas situated off main roads with relatively frequent alternative bus services to Abingdon town centre, but many areas served are a considerable distance from these alternative routes.

Service 44 provides the only public bus service to South Hinksey, Bayworth and Sunningwell.

The main stop on Hinksey Hill is served by Stagecoach service 31, which operates a daily hourly peak and off-peak service between Wantage, Abingdon and Oxford, but this is nearly a mile from some areas of housing.

Service 218 provides the only public bus service linking Wytham and the Five Mile Drive area with Oxford.

Current subsidy per annum £155,552 Average passenger journeys per day Services 40/41/42: 208 (M-F), 160 (Sat) Service 44: 74 (M-F), 21 (Sat) Service 218: 10 (M-F), 11 (Sat) Cost per passenger journey £1.85 Comments from consultation Go Ride CIC (bus operator): support potential withdrawal of peak town services.

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Layla Moran, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate, Oxford West/Abingdon: Concern about removal of peak town services and effect on access to hospital services for elderly people Abingdon T.C: Lack of use/potential withdrawal of town service peak facilities noted North Hinksey/Sunningwell/South Hinksey PCs/: retain service 44. Gap in service to/from Oxford: enhance service to fill gap.

Bus Users UK: Retain service 44, possibly resource using Abingdon town service journeys Abingdon TC: retain service 44 based on limited alternative public transport for most communities served.

Layla Moran, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate, Oxford West/Abingdon: Concern about potential withdrawal of service 44, particularly from Sunningwell No comments received on service 218

Prices sought

Abingdon town services

A) Current timetable but without peak services

B) Current timetable but without peak services and with earlier finish on Saturday

C) Shorter operating day

D) Further shortened operating day to enable possible coverage of school bus working

E) Revised timetable including provision of some service 44 journeys (including peak)

F) Revised timetable including provision of some service 44 journeys (excluding peak) Services 44/218

A) Current level of service

B) Current level of service excluding service 218

C) Revised service including student transport to Matthew Arnold School

D) Revised service including student transport to Matthew Arnold School and excluding service 218

E) Revised service: reduced number of journeys

F) Revised service reduced number of journeys excluding service 218

G) Revised service: reduced number of journeys (Monday to Friday only)

H) Revised service reduced number of journeys excluding service 218 (Monday to Friday only) Services 44/63

A) Monday to Saturday off-peak service

B) Monday to Saturday peak and off-peak service including morning and evening peak facilities and service 63 journeys operating via Matthew Arnold School

C) Monday to Friday off-peak service

D) Monday to Friday peak and off-peak service including morning and evening peak facilities and service 63 journeys operating via Matthew Arnold School

E) Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday off-peak only service

F) Monday, Wednesday and Friday off-peak only service

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ITEM E Service 43: Eaton – Appleton – Longworth – Gozzards Ford – Tubney – Abingdon Contract V6 Thursday only shopping service Operator Oxfordshire County Council ITU Days of operation Thursday only

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Parishes served Abingdon Town Council, Appleton with Eaton, Besselsleigh, Fyfield with Tubney, Hinton Waldrist, Longworth, Wootton Divisions served Abingdon East, Abingdon North, Abingdon South, Kingston and Cumnor, Sutton Courtenay and Marcham Alternative services Eaton, Appleton, Fyfield, Longworth and Hinton Waldrist have a Monday to Saturday off-peak service to/from Oxford (Service 63: see Item G) This contract provides the only public bus service for Tubney, Gozzards Ford and Dry Sandford.

Current subsidy per annum £4,000 Average passenger journeys per day 32 Cost per passenger journey £2.42 Comments from consultation Marcham PC: Retain existing service for Gozzards Ford residents Abingdon TC: suggestion of increase to service 43 if service 63 (see Item G) is reduced seems sensible.

Prices sought for continued provision on Thursday and Tuesday and Thursday

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ITEM F Service 61 Contract V70: Faringdon Town Service Contribution towards voluntarily-provided community bus service, which links residential areas of Faringdon with the town centre and Health Centre

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Parishes served Faringdon, Great Coxwell Divisions served Faringdon Alternative services No alternative services serve the residential areas covered by this contract.

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