FOI request detail

718 bus route

Request ID: FOI-2857-1920
Date published: 10 January 2020

You asked

I'd like to request a freedom and information request on the 718 bus service. Would it be possible to provide a cost analysis of providing the service whilst the bishopford road bridge is closed for a prolonged period. Please can you answer the following points. Expected passenger numbers on a daily and weekly basis before the service started. Passenger numbers on the 718 on a daily and weekly service since it has started. What other alternative bus rerouting was suggested and a cost analysis based on them. What are the co2 emissions for running the service on a daily and weekly basis. Will the 718 bus service be reviewed during the year based on effectiveness and passenger usage? Will other alternative bus services be considered during the prolonged bridge

We answered

TfL Ref: 2857-1920

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 21 December 2019 asking for information about bus route 718.

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 the information you require. Your questions and our responses are as below.

Would it be possible to provide a cost analysis of providing the service whilst the Bishopford Road bridge is closed for a prolonged period.

Cost per year equivalent is £350,000 of running the 718 service.

Expected passenger numbers on a daily and weekly basis before the service started.

We expected just under 150 trips a weekday – that’s equivalent to 900 a week.

Passenger numbers on the 718 on a daily and weekly service since it has started.

Currently usage of the 718 is running at about 260 boarders on a weekday and 1550 over a week.

What other alternative bus rerouting was suggested and a cost analysis based on them.

We considered a shorter loop with buses turning via Seddon / Pollard and Morton Road but these roads were shown to be not suitable for bus operation. We also considered a one way loop via Wandle Road, Bishopsford Road, Middleton Road and St Helier Avenue. However having 2 way operation on Wandle Road and Bishopsford Road was judged to offer the best  service to passengers.   The shorter loop would have had a cost per year of £314,000.

What are the co2 emissions for running the service on a daily and weekly basis.

The daily CO2 emissions are 251.7 kg and 1178.6 kg per week.

Will the 718 bus service be reviewed during the year based on effectiveness and passenger usage?

We will continue to monitor the routes usage and effectiveness, and customer and stakeholder feedback.

Will other alternative bus services be considered during the prolonged bridge closure.

We have no plans to vary the current 718 service but will take account of any feedback as above.

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

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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