Be Careful What You
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Sunday 6 February 2022
Be Careful What You
A reminder to those in the back row who haven't been paying attention. (That may well be quite a few of fbb's readers who are less than enthusiastic about the vacillations of Government Policy, especially policy on public transport.)
DaFT have recently sent a circular to all bus operators explaining how the crumbs are to be distributed.
The budget available for BSIP funding is £1.2bn for the next three years.
Previous documents implied at budget of £3bn!
We will prioritise LTAs based on the quality of the BSIPs and the types of schemes and projects they are proposing and will work closely with them to ensure that funding is maximised to reach the best possible outcomes. Discussions will be held with some LTAs over the next few weeks ...
DaFT will confirm that your plans are unfundable and hopelessly unrealistic!
... where these are needed to clarify measures proposed in their BSIPs, before final decisions are taken.
So who gets what? Well, they aren't telling; but there is a synopsis of how it will all work out.
A number of LTAs will be allocated indicative funding to deliver all or most of the aspirations set out in their BSIPs. The final funding awarded will be based on the deliverability of their schemes and their EPs.
DaFT has actually "announced" some successful BSIP bids in the recently published White Paper.The white paper states that in addition to mayoral combined authority areas, the government will fund ambitious plans for bus improvement, enhanced services and lower fares in Derbyshire, Luton, Portsmouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington 'and many other places'." Some well informed bus watchers are of the opinion that these will be the ONLY recipients of "all or most" of what they have bid for!
A further set of LTAs will be allocated indicative funding which will be less than that sought in their BSIPs. We will ask places to re-focus, prioritising schemes which will give the best outcomes for the area.
That will certainly be the largest category and it will certainly be a lot less!
A third group of LTAs will not be allocated funding at this stage but will be supported to develop their BSIPs and EPs further, to ensure they are eligible for future funding and other possible investment streams.
They will only get the very small crumbs, if any! Or maybe they will have to wait and see if DaFT make savings elsewhere.
We may have questions of clarification for LTAs in any of these groups.
We are aiming to announce indicative funding allocations by the end of February.
We will continue to provide support to all LTAs and Bus Operators through the Bus Strategy Forum, Basecamp and the Bus Centre of Excellence once it is launched.
When fbb feels he can stand the excitement, he will review the BSIP of one of the chosen few in the "all or most" category. But don't hold your breath.
And, just to cheer us all, some industry insiders are predicting a 30% cut in bus services nationally with the choppiest chop being in rural areas.
Talking About Toplights!
The fbbs have a toplight!
It is these that form the latest model announced by Dapol.
The red rear lamp can be illuminated and the interior lighting operates.
The above are sample pre-production images. The GWR never painted their coaches blue!
fbb MIGHT save up his pocket money and buy one as his Christmas 2022 self gift. Peterville QWuarry Railwat is supposed to be a heritage line specialisng in retsoring and preserving different types of railway carriage.
Be Careful What You Pray For (2)
Also in the circular from DaFT ...
One of the new levelling up missions covers local transport: “By 2030, local transport connectivity across the country will be significantly closer to the standards of London, with improved services, simpler fares and integrated ticketing.” This underlines our commitment in the National Bus Strategy to improve bus services outside London and provides a new impetus and focus to monitoring and reporting on progress.
So you want to be like London?
Service withdrawals, frequency cut backs, managed decline of The Underground? And substantial fares increases?
And there might be integrated ticketing, but the fares on bus, Underground and National Rail are most certainly NOT integrated!Compare the fare from London Bridge to Kings Cross by bus, by Undergound and by National Rail!
This was Roger French blogging on Thursday 3rd February ...
Transport for London's (TfL) emergency funding deal with the government has been extended by a fortnight.
The current financial deal was due to run out on today, but negotiations have been given a short grace period.
TfL is facing a £1.9bn budget black hole and has warned of massive cuts to bus, Tube and road services.
There have been repeated rows over funding for TfL and the cause of its financial crisis.
TfL said discussions were continuing with the government as it aimed to secure "long-term funding".
It looks like embarrassment all round.
Is this the best way to run the Capital's transport network? Do the politicians elsewhere really want this sort of omnishambles?
I Never Forget A Face
fbb does sometimes amuse himself by watching non-gritty TV shows. One favourite has been the Father Brown series, based loosely (VERY loosely!) on a character created by G K Chesterton.
... (with David Tennant as Phileas Fogg), but an American "criminal" being escorted to face justice?
He escaped - as usual!
Do our observant readers notice an oddity (two oddities, actually) on the latest London Connections map which includes Underground AND National Rail?
Welklk, maybe not. It may well still be classed as "TfL Rail" which did use a dull blue. But, as you can see, on this map it looks almost the same as the Piccadilly Line AND Great Western dashed "locals" - so why couldn't TfL rail be Elizabeth Line purple?
But there is a more subtle oddity.
More later in the week.
Next 84 blog : Monday 7th February