About us Corporate Publications Prospectus Passenger Strategies Business Plan Social Responsibility Local Transport Plan Freight Partners Councillors + Committees Birmingham Coventry Dudley Sandwell Solihull Walsall Wolverhampton Agenda + Reports Authority Policy 27 January 2014 Finance 21 November 2013 23 January 2014 Putting Passengers 18 November 2013 20 January 2014 Audit and Ethics 12 March 2012 Urgency 27 February 2012 Task and Finish Pension Fund Partner Engagement 16 September 2013 27 January 2014 Notices Scheme of Allowances Meeting Dates Consultations Exhibitions Explanatory Notes Finance Financial Disclosures Accounts Open Government Funding Pinch Point Bid Phase One Phase Two Procurement Procedures News Registration Equality Equality Scheme Equality Information Accessibility Initiatives Research Awards Consultations We Want Your Views We aim to deliver integrated and sustainable public transport services people want. So your views are important to us and we want to hear from you. To maximise customer satisfaction we continually listen to all our customers (users and potential users of public transport) and stakeholders. We carry out many consultations to seek all views on our policy proposals or service improvements. We will post details of consultations on this page. Budget 2014-16 Consultation We recently undertook a consultation to save £14 million on our budget over the next two financial years, April 2014 to March 2016. We would like to thank the 8,000 people and groups that gave us their comments. We asked for views on proposed changes to: Child fares Ring and Ride Subsidised Bus Services Metro and Rail travel for elderly and disabled people Travelling after 11.00pm by bus for elderly and disabled people The Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) has taken into account the Equalities Impact Assessment and given due regard to the responses from the consultation. At its meeting on 14 February the ITA therefore agreed the following measures will be taken in order to achieve a 5% cut in the levy for 2014/15: We will reduce our own operational and staffing costs by £3 million (15 per cent) which is £1 million more than originally planned. It means Centro, through staffing restructures and other efficiencies will have reduced these costs from £27 million in 2010 to £16.5 million in 2014/15 - a cut of nearly 40 per cent. Child concessionary budget is set at £13.7m, taking account of the negotiations to be held with operators - a saving of £0.5m. A grant to the charity West Midlands Special Needs Transport (WMSNT) is set at £8.5m. Further discussions with Ring and Ride have established that with a grant of £8.5m they will be able to provide the following service for 2014-15: - Monday to Saturday from 8.00am to 8.00pm in all districts. - There would be no service on Sundays. - The fare per trip would be increased from 60p to £1 from 1st April 2014. Centro will work closely with the charity over the coming weeks to mitigate any effect on Ring and Ride users. One area to be explored will be the provision of a limited Sunday service. Other measures are: A change to Subsidised Bus Access Standards. The minimum number of passengers per journey will rise to from 5 to 8, and the cost per journey will be reduced to a maximum of £1.60. The subsidised bus budget is set at £8.3m, which assumes operator prices continue to fall next year. Bus station maintenance and infrastructure costs will be cut by £1.0m from £7.3m to £6.3m. The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (statutory free passes for the elderly and disabled) budget will be set at £57.6m - a reduction of £1.9m, taking account of the assumed continued reduction in patronage. Finance expenditure budget to be set at £27.2m - a reduction of £1.0m. As well as retaining free tram and train travel and half price child fares, it is also proposed to keep free bus travel after 11.00pm for older people, the blind and disabled. Free bus travel from 9:30am onwards is protected and will be untouched. The ITA report has more detail about the changes.