Issue details

RULE 3.5.16 - Two month extension of supported bus service 672

To set out the case for a further 2 month extension to the supported bus service 672.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Approved

Wards affected: Chew Valley; Mendip;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 16/03/2023

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
(1) A decision is required before the pre-election period. Delaying until after the pre-election period would leave insufficient time for the decision to be made, and notice given to the current operator to ensure that they will be able to continue the service after the current extension expiores on 31 May 2023. Communities need the reassurance that the 672 will be preserved while the DRT system beds in, givin them further time to transition to DRT. The DRT system will be introduced on 3 April 2023 and other supported services withdrawn on 2 April 2023, with the exception of the services afforded a 2 month extension by B&NES.
(2) The pre-election period commences on 20 March 2023, limiting the ability of members to make a decision.
(3) The current price for the contract extension is affordable, delaying the decision could lead to a change in price.

Decision due: Not before 17th Mar 2023 by Cabinet Member for Climate and Sustainable Travel, Cabinet Member for Resources

Lead director: Director of Sustainable Communities

Contact: Pam Turton, Head of Transport Strategy Email: Tel: 01225 477435.

EFP Reference: E3456