The answer is simple: They could have been extended until next year or so. No point retendering under this current situation.
Covid-19 lockdown will have long-term impact on West Lothian bus services
West Lothian Council has completed a review of bus services throughout the county.
The Covid lockdown will have long-term consequences for bus services in West Lothian as commercial operators look at survival plans.
West Lothian Council had completed a review of bus services throughout the county as part of plans to redesign the contract tenders process and was about to launch that plan when the lockdown was announced.
Now the public transport landscape has changed out of all recognition as the main commercial operators have slashed services in the face of an 85% drop in passenger use.
The council’s public transport budget is almost £10m, with £2m allocated for local bus services. Extra one-funding of £300,000 has also been agreed for this year - and the next financial year 2021-22.
However, the future is ripe with uncertainty. A report to the council’s Executive just before the summer recess said: “At this point it is unclear how the network will recover post Covid-19 and highly unlikely that the commercial network will be reinstated without change.”
It added: “The travelling habits of passengers are likely to be different after any recovery period with new travelling habits formed and many passengers potentially opting not to use public transport due to health and safety concerns. Additionally, any physical distancing requirements set by the Government will also have an impact on commercial services reducing the number of people permitted to be on public transport at any one time.”
Some commercial operators reckon social distancing rules alone could threaten their viability because rules would cut passenger potential by up to a fifth.
The report highlighted: “ The Public Transport Unit has been liaising with local operators continuously throughout this period to keep updated with movement in the network and projections for service review and recovery. Early discussions with operators have highlighted concern regarding continuing both contracted and commercial services in their current form.”
That could mean the council having to spend more subsidising routes in some parts of the county previously served by commercial operators.
The review carried out up to early March had also considered the development of community transport including encouraging the use of Third Sector providers and more community transport schemes.
Councillors agreed to extend the review and the Public Transport Unit will report back in the Spring of next year. Meanwhile it is likely that some contracts will change and the council faces having to respond to each contract as the situation develops.
It would seem the council will try and get Falkirk bus back to Bathgate at least, going by that doc. IF Lothian have any sense they would bid for that Service 40, it would be a good bolt on to their routes, no matter what happens to LCB.
I agree, the 40 would be a good addition for Lothian, i'm not sure if they would bid against an independent though.
Last I saw of it was at Seafield Works in December, it looked pretty bad. It is new enough that it may get saved but equally I can see it being a spare parts bus.What happened to Lothian Country 181 (SN13 BFA), has it been scrapped or has it been repaired
*Mod note* This was originally posted in the Lothian and ECB thread
Thanks for posting this.Duty changes from the 30th for Longstone single deck drivers, the registration ending on the 31st and First route learning the 20/63 this week can only mean one thing. Hope that's not breaking the official secrets act
probably won’t be an update until a day prior or something
speaking of which is there a service change due soon? It’s been almost 3 weeks since the last set of changes
It’s the 68.
A lot of layover time in those timetables although the timings for schools/universities look quite good.
Neither are emergency timetables - the 20 is returning to full route and the 63 is extended to Balerno.
Lack of Sunday Service isn't a good sign though.