I was just looking for the latest news on the bus strike on the PTE web site and I came across this information which I think has only just been issued in the last day or two. I think it is the first time this information has been put on the web for the public to view as in the pass you had to go to the public records office to find out details.
The following Sheffield Bus services will receive a subsidy for the period 27/07/04 to 27/01/07 (183 weeks).The tenders were put out under various options like 6 day or 7 day operation, high or low frequency and standard or high specification bus.Some of the tenders received 3 bidders however most only had one bidder
(First) and First also offered a combined bid (ie grouped several tenders together and offered a further discount.
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Service 1 had 3 bidders lowest £23973 -- highest £174424
Service 29 had 3 bidders lowest £235887 ---highest £439000
Service 72A had 3 bidders lowest £118767 --- highest £515000
Service 265 had 2 bidders lowest 3247874 -- highest £281820
Service m17 had 3 bidders lowest £90182 -- highest £321360
Service m29 had 3 bidders lowest 320496 -- highest £192704
Service m49 had 3 bidders lowest £96624 -- highest £241520
Service M92 had 4 bidders lowest £138432 -- highest£207705
Service A1 had 4 bidders lowest £886706 -- highest £1815639
First offered a combined bid on the following services
for a total minimum subsidy of £1164649 (= to £330938 PA)
following further negotiations with First the PTE agreed a lower bid on the following 4 services 17,29,38,m92 from a total of £823401 to £765416
First also offered to operate Low Floor buses on ALL CONTRACTED SUNDAY SERVICES (WHEREVER POSSIBLE)
From the above when we look at the new timetables we can see where First have linked up some loss making routes with its fully commercial network to fund the bids it made.
The PTE has to accept the lowest bidder under the rules of the Transport Act.
Hope you have found it of interest as this is where the PTE spends some of its portion of our Council Tax money.