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PTC Plenary Meeting 31 Jan 2014

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At last Friday’s business meeting, members discussed topics ranging from the decision by the Cabinet of Liverpool City Council to suspend the use of bus lanes in Liverpool for nine months, to the difficulties faced by young people in accessing bus services.

The panel session which followed examined the following topics:
Passenger Focus research into the views of passengers on bus punctuality, and their experiences of delays and disruptions, and
Transport Poverty, which focuses on the difficulty in accessing services for people and their lack of choice when they live more than a mile from services and are reliant on public transport.

Presentations were given by Mike Bartram of Passenger Focus and Allan Williams of Sustrans (Transport Poverty) on their research into these topics.

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SUMMER CONFERENCE IN DEVON

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Don’t forget the Public Transport Consortium Summer Conference, which is being hosted by Devon County Council in Sidmouth on 5th & 6th July.

The conference will focus on current issues affecting public transport provision in the context of the comprehensive spending review and ensuing budget pressures. The programme will include:

• An assessment of the national scene and future direction by the DfT
• How Devon is tackling the issues, including community rail, community transport and wheels to work and the lessons that can be learned.
• Growing patronage from the operator perspective
• Partnership/Collaboration
• Innovation and Opportunities

The full programme starts at 12.30pm on Thursday 5 July with lunch and concludes with lunch at 1.00pm on Friday 6 July.

Downloadable information is here:

Draft Agenda LGA PT Consortium July 20122

LGA PT Consortia 2012 – information

Registration Form for LGA PT Consortium 2012_pub_0001

Further information and booking details are available from

Rachel Phillips at Devon on 01392 383509 or email:
rachel.phillips@devon.gov.uk

The summer conference provides an excellent opportunity for members and officers to discuss issues of common interest relating to public transport. It also provides a forum for public transport officers to learn more about current challenges in their everyday work and to take back ideas for future improvements.

Please consider your authority’s representation at this event.

 

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Where now for local bus services?

Posted on by Stuart Wrigley

Come along to our meeting next Friday at LGA House to discuss the question “Where now for local bus services?” with a panel representing central and local government and major bus operators.

    • Cllr Shona Johnstone, Cambridgeshire County Council and LGA Economy & Transport Board
    • Tracy Jessop, Norfolk County Council and Chair of the Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers
    • Anthony Ferguson, Head of Buses Division, Department for Transport
    • Ian Morgan, Trent Barton Buses & Chair of the Confederation of Passenger Transport
    • Mark Yexley, Arriva Buses & President Elect of the Confederation of Passenger Transport
    • Ben Colson, Managing Director Norfolk Green, Bus Operator of the year 2010

Following the investigation into the market for local bus services by the Competition Commission and the Transport Select Committee Inquiry into Bus Services after the Spending Review, we  hope that this debate will lead to some innovative thinking on the best ways in which bus operators and local authorities can work together within current legislation to deliver high quality bus services and ensure maximum impact from public funding and support.

The debate will be facilitated by Transport Consultant, Garth Goddard. If you want to have an opportunity to contribute to the debate, please send your questions in advance to the Secretary, Stuart Wrigley

stuart@publictransportconsortium.org.uk

 

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We’re on Twitter

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You can now follow us on Twitter, simply goto http://twitter.com/ptconsortium and click follow.

If you’d like to know more about Twitter, checkout our twitter guide

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Where now for local bus services? PTC Jan 2012 Meeting

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LGA Public Transport Consortium January 2012 Meeting
Friday 20 January 2012 at Local Government House, Smith Square, Westminster

The outline agenda will be as follows:
10.30-11.20 Business Meeting
11.20-11.30 Break
11.30–13.00 Where now for local bus services? A panel discussion

The investigation into the market for local bus services by the Competition Commission and the Transport Select Committee Inquiry into Bus Services after the Spending Review do not seem to have contributed many new ideas about local bus services. Hence, it seems an appropriate time to pose the question with a panel discussion looking at the future for local bus services and best ways for local authorities and operators to work in partnership to make the best use of funding available.

We hope that this debate will lead to some innovative thinking on the best ways in which bus operators and local authorities can work together within current legislation to deliver high quality bus services and ensure maximum impact from public funding and support.

The panel will bring together representatives of the public and private sector to set out their views and offer their answers to this challenging question:

Cllr Shona Johnstone: Cambridgeshire County Council and LGA Economy & Transport Board
Tracy Jessop: Norfolk County Council and Chair of the Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers
Anthony Ferguson: Head of Buses Division, Department for Transport
Ian Morgan: Chair of the Confederation of Passenger Transport
Mark Yexley: President Elect of the Confederation of Passenger Transport
Ben Colson: Managing Director Norfolk Green, Bus Operator of the year 2010

Further information and a detailed agenda and papers for the business meeting will be circulated nearer the time and I hope that it will be convenient for you to attend. I should be pleased if you could let me know if there are any specific questions that you would like to pose to the panel.

And finally…may I take this opportunity of thanking you all for your support for the Consortium during 2011 and wish you all the very best for a peaceful Christmas and a successful New Year in 2012.

Kind regards

Stuart Wrigley

Secretary
LGA Public Transport Consortium

01253 727950 – 07799 767347

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Westminster Hall Debate on Future of Rural Bus Funding

Posted on by Stuart Wrigley

Notice from Tracy Jessop, Assistant Director Travel and Transport Services at Norfolk County Council and Vice Chair of ATCO:

 
There was an interesting debate in Westminster Hall yesterday, 11 October, on “The Future of Rural Bus Funding”. The debate was called for by a Norfolk MP on the back of the Norfolk “Fair Fares” campaign to highlight the funding issues in public transport, and in particular the shortfall in concessionary fares funding.
My Leader wrote to over 30 councils last week, to ask them to brief their MPs and rally some support, as well as to support the e-petition.

Over 30 MPs attended, including MPs from Norfolk, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Northumberland, Isle of Wight, Lancashire and Cumbria plus others that I didn’t catch.

I’ve highlighted the key parts of the debate below, but would draw your attention to Norman Baker’s response, who was given 15 minutes at the end to answer the many queries raised. If you want to view the debate you can follow this link – it lasts for 90 minutes

http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=9068

Key points from the debate
• Very well attended by more than 30 MPs – unusual, as normally an audience of 12 or so for this type of thing – and there was a big debate on Health at the same time in the Commons
• Overwhelming sense of the need to protect rural areas to promote access, but also to support economic growth and reduce congestion
• Recognition that the impacts of funding shortfalls in concessionary fares are having a negative impact on services provided for all people, as the money available to support the tendered network reduces
• Calls for overview of the concession fares scheme – reinforced by over 14 councils that people would be prepared to pay something to travel or pay for their card
• Lots of examples given by MPs about particular issues in their patch – consistent message was a need for local solutions and more freedom and flexibility from government about how to use the funding available
Key points from Norman Baker’s response
• The free bus pass stays [for this parliament]
• Government accepts there is a problem with funding of concessions for some areas (this is a major change in tact – has always said “local decisions” up till now)
• DfT wrote to DCLG in July to point out the particular problems that exist for Norfolk. DCLG have responded that they believe the new Business Rates Retention will address our concerns (out to consultation now, until end Oct) (but this will only be if they get the baseline funding correct)
Key plus points
• Positive lively debate, common issues for many rural councils – Norfolk seen as very proactive on this issue but would be helpful if affected councils got more active and involved
• Whilst Business Rates Retention might help in the long-term (from 2014), it doesn’t give us any help in the short-term and we need the shortfall addressed for the next 2 years
• Without any immediate intervention, councils will still have high shortfalls in each of the next 2 years, which will decimate the tendered network and we may never be able to recover from it.
• People are signing the petition – but let’s keep the pressure on       www.norfolk.gov.uk/fairfares   to make a major impact and get the government to rethink. There are over 4,000 signatures in hand, in addition to the e-petition.

It’s very important that councils understand the impacts of the proposals about Business Rates Retention, which includes a technical note on how they might address the concession fares relative needs formula. This extract was from a recent DfT note to point you in the right direction for the consultation paperwork:
DCLG are currently out to consultation on the broad options for a new way of funding local government based on business rates retention. The consultation can be found at the following link            http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/resourcereviewbusinessrates

and Question 1 and 2 on page 21 are pertinent to how 2012/13 formula grant may be used as the basis for constructing the baseline for 2013./14, the proposed first year of the new scheme.
On 19 August DCLG also published eight supporting technical papers concerning the consultation, and consideration of whether to review the relative needs formulae for concessionary travel is discussed on page 23 and 24 of paper 1 “Establishing the baseline” at the following link:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/resourcereviewtechnicalpaper1

You should send your consultation response to

ResourceReview@communities.gsi.gov.uk

before 24th October, when the consultation closes.

Tracy Jessop
Assistant Director Travel and Transport Services
Environment, Transport and Development

 

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Concessionary travel campaign for fair funding

Posted on by Stuart Wrigley

Norfolk County Council launches a petition on concessionary bus fare shortfall.

A campaign backed by councillors, businesses, local bus operators and MPs to persuade the Government to fairly fund the concessionary bus scheme in Norfolk has been launched by Norfolk County Council today , Monday 26 September.

Norfolk faces a £4.5 million shortfall in funding for the scheme and the gap is putting extreme pressure on maintaining rural bus services. The costs of providing the minimum scheme far outstrip resources allocated by the Government, and in light of the shortfall, Norfolk County Council leaders have decided to mount a campaign during the Autumn calling for ‘Fair Fares’ for Norfolk.

The Fairs Fare online petition can be accessed via either Norfolk County Council’s website www.norfolk.gov.uk or

www.gopetition.com/petitions/fair-funding-for-concessionary-fares.html

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has also secured a Westminster Hall debate on rural buses on Tuesday October 11 to help highlight the county’s plight.

PTC members might like to encourage their own MPs to contribute to this debate, to reinforce the position nationally.

At the annual meeting on 21 October, consortium members will also be able to press their views on this issue with representatives of DCLG and DfT in a question and answer session on the local government finance settlement and its implications for concessionary travel funding in 2012-13.

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Annual General Meeting

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The annual general meeting of the Consortium will take place on Friday 21 October 2011 at Local Government House, Smith Square, Westminster, commencing with coffee and networking from 9.45am

Business meeting at 10.15 – 11.00

The business agenda will include the appointment of the Chair and Vice Chairs for 2011-12, as well as the appointment of the Executive.

Presently the PTC Chair is Councillor David Rowlands (Conservative) of Buckinghamshire County Council, with Vice Chair Councillor Pat Hockey (Liberal Democrat) of South Gloucestershire Council. The position of Labour Vice Chair is currently vacant.

Nominations for these positions should be forwarded to the secretary by Monday 17 October 2011.  

11.00-11.30

DCLG and DfT officers will be attending to discuss the local government finance settlement and its implications for concessionary travel funding in 2012-13 

11.30-13.00

 Panel Presentations and Discussion

 Making best use of new technology for public transport 

  • Is it the key to better and more efficient bus services, or an expensive gimmick?
  • What should local authorities do to respond to developments in technology?

A panel of speakers will set out their views on the practical applications of new technology and discuss with members the best solutions for transport authorities to promote with their local public transport operators.

Further details from the Secretary, Stuart Wrigley 

stuart@publictransportconsortium.org.uk

01253 727950 or 07799 767347

 

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Nottinghamshire County Council Park & Ride Schemes

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Courtesy of Nottinghamshire County Council

Pocket park and ride sites help to cut congestion and reduce carbon emissions. We operate sites in Nottinghamshire at the following locations:

In addition, there are larger park and ride sites in and around Nottingham.

Using a park and ride site can help you:

  • Avoid having to find a parking space at work
  • Relax on your journey – why not read a book, listen to your iPod or even prepare for that important meeting!
  • Ease past the traffic jams by using bus lanes.

Cotgrave

The Cotgrave pocket park and ride site offers 33 parking spaces, in the car park of Cotgrave Welfare. You can park for free at the site from 7am until 7pm, and then catch a bus into West Bridgford or Nottingham from the nearby stop.

More details:

Stragglethorpe

The Stragglethorpe pocket park and ride site operates from the car park of Shepherds restaurant. It is available from 7am until midnight each day, with regular buses into West Bridgford and Nottingham.

£40,000 has been spent on improvements to the site, which has paid for an upgrade to the CCTV system, a new bus shelter and a new electronic display board. This means that you can leave your car in safety and relax on the bus to work.

More details:

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