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Copy of audited accounts for London Dial Ride, London Busses and LU for years 2019-19

Request ID: FOI-0515-1920
Date published: 22 August 2019

You asked

Please send me a copy of audited accounts for London Dial Ride, London Busses and LU for years 2018-19.

We answered

TfL Ref: 0515-1920
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 9 May 2019 asking for information about audited accounts, London Buses, Dial a Ride and London Underground.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we hold some of the information you require. You asked for:

Audited accounts for Dial a Bus, London Buses, London Underground

Whilst it is not clear which legal entities you are interested in, it has been necessary to make certain assumptions:
London Buses – we assume you mean London Bus Services Limited
London Underground – we assume you mean London Underground Limited
Dial a Bus – we assume this is in reference to London Buses Limited which is the company that undertakes the Dial Ride operations

In accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply the requested accounts as they are subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information, under Section 22 of the Act. In this instance the exemption has been applied as the information you have requested is intended for future publication. The information is being prepared for public disclosure and these reports will be published on the TfL website in the forthcoming months.

This exemption is subject to a public interest test, which requires us to assess whether the public interest in applying the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure. In this instance, it is considered that the public interest favours the publication of this information, in context and according to the pre-determined schedule, rather than in response to your request, to ensure the information is provided accurately and in an accessible manner.
We note that you do not have access to the internet and will be happy to send a hard copy once available.

Purchase costs for Dial-a-Ride and London Buses and how many were bought and which firms supplied all buses and what happens to older dial a ride buses to be sold off or to be scrapped at a later date

Dial-a-Ride recently purchased 90 new buses, the last of which entered the fleet in March of 2019.  The overall cost of these vehicles ranged between £5m - £10m. 

We currently use two companies to dispose of decommissioned Dial Ride vehicles.  Prices paid by these companies vary depending on the condition of the vehicles themselves, and the prevailing market environment. 

We do hold information on the purchasing cost of bus vehicles as the operating company rather than Transport for London buys or leases vehicles for their routes, which they may sell or relocate elsewhere in the UK. Prices would vary significantly with the order size and specification of the vehicles.

If you would like to contact the bus operating companies directly, please see the enclosed list of addresses

Please note that as private companies, bus operators are not legally obliged to respond under the Freedom of Information Act legislation

And let me know costs for Crossrail projects and who is funding
the costs and when is finishing date and how many firms are building Crossrail and how much will they be paid.

As the website states: the funding framework for Crossrail was put in place in October 2007 when the Prime Minister announced that Crossrail’s cost will be met by Government, the Mayor of London and London businesses. A funding envelope of £15.9 billion was agreed to deliver the Crossrail scheme in its entirety.
Following the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, a revised funding envelope of £14.8 billion was agreed. In 2018, the funding envelope was increased to £17.6 billion.
Additional funding has been required by both Crossrail Limited and Network Rail to complete this vital project.
Both the Department for Transport (DfT) and TfL remain committed to the successful delivery of the project and have agreed an overall funding envelope of £17.6 billion for delivery of the project.
Over 60% of the project’s funding has been provided by Londoners and London businesses.
A new plan to complete the outstanding works and bring the Elizabeth line into passenger service at the earliest possible date has been developed by the new Crossrail leadership team and agreed by the Crossrail Ltd Board.
Following a detailed audit of the programme, including what went wrong in the past, the new team has produced a robust and realistic plan to put Europe’s most ambitious and complex infrastructure project back on track. The new plan has required identifying and re-sequencing over 100,000 interdependent tasks and takes full account of exactly what is to be done and how long it will take.
As many risks and uncertainties remain in the development and testing of the train and signalling systems, Crossrail Ltd has identified a six-month delivery window with a midpoint at the end of 2020. Crossrail will be making every effort to deliver the service as early as possible.
The huge procurement process has awarded more than 100 contracts for a wide range of work including tunnelling, station construction and railway systems

Crossrail has awarded direct contracts worth over £6 billion. We are working with some of the biggest names in UK construction as well as hundreds of Small to Medium enterprises (SMEs), who make up their supply chains, from across the country.

And how many bus firms have contracts for years 2018-19 and how much will they be paid for heir contracts and how long are their contracts – three or five years for bus firms?

Please find enclosed a copy of the bus contract and tendering process explaining further.

How much are national express coaches buses sold to private firms

We do not hold this information. If you would like to write to National Express directly, please see the following address:

National Express UK Coach Customer Services
National Express House
Mill Lane
B5 6DD

As mentioned previously, private companies like the National Express are not legally obliged to respond under the Freedom of Information Act legislation.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
Information Governance
Transport For London




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