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Rail ticket expenditure data of Government spend over £25,000: FOI release

Published: 10 Jun 2019

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
10 Jun 2019
Rail ticket expenditure data of Government spend over £25,000: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/01273
Date received: 14 May 2019
Date responded: 7 Jun 2019
Information requested

Publication referenced: Government spend over £25,000: August 2018

FoI/19/01273

You asked for “details in relation to expenditure data published on the 10th of May 2019, Government spend over £25,000: August 2018, specifically entry 233, which details a payment of £402,156.49 to Corporate Travel Management (North) on the 8th of August 2018 for rail travel”.
The details requested were:

  1. The proportion of this expenditure relating to costs in respect of rail tickets.
  2. The proportion of this expenditure relating to any payment, contractual or otherwise, to Corporate Travel Management (North) for services rendered.
  3. How many individual rail journeys this payment corresponds to.
  4. What date range these journeys took place in.

FoI/19/01274

You asked for “details in relation to Government spend over £25,000: September 2018, specifically entry 18, which details a payment of £25,907.97 to Redfern Travel Limited on the 3rd of September 2018 for rail travel”.
The details requested were:

  1. The proportion of this expenditure relating to costs in respect of rail tickets.
  2. The proportion of this expenditure relating to any payment, contractual or otherwise, to Redfern Travel Limited for services rendered.
  3. How many individual rail journeys this payment corresponds to.
  4. What date range these journeys took place in.

FoI/19/01275

You asked for “details in relation to expenditure data published on the 10th of May 2019, Government spend over £25,000: September 2018, specifically entry 371, which details a payment of £465,402.16 to Redfern Travel Limited on the 13th of September 2018 for rail travel”.
The details requested were:

  1. The proportion of this expenditure relating to costs in respect of rail tickets.
  2. The proportion of this expenditure relating to any payment, contractual or otherwise, to Redfern Travel Limited for services rendered.
  3. How many individual rail journeys this payment corresponds to.
  4. What date range these journeys took place in.

FoI/19/01276

You asked for “details in relation to expenditure data published on the 10th of May 2019, Government spend over £25,000: October 2018, specifically entry 159, which details a payment of £511,756.30 to Redfern Travel Limited on the 3rd of October 2018 for rail travel”.
The details requested were:

  1. The proportion of this expenditure relating to costs in respect of rail tickets.
  2. The proportion of this expenditure relating to any payment, contractual or otherwise, to Redfern Travel Limited for services rendered.
  3. How many individual rail journeys this payment corresponds to.
  4. What date range these journeys took place in.
Response

FoI/19/01273

The answers to your questions are:

  1. £109,995.40 of this payment relates to rail tickets. Due to the payment reporting part of our system using a single specific account code, the entire £402,156.49 was initially assigned to the rail travel account code.
  2. £15,434.77 relates to the fee element of this payment. Of which £5,771.23 relates to the fee for rail journeys.
  3. 2,681 rail journeys were booked as part of this payment.
  4. Although the majority of rail journeys booked as part of this payment took place between 1 July 2018 and 26 November 2018, the full date range of these journeys is 2 July 2017 to 26 November 2018. This is due to the nature of bulk purchase advance flexible tickets as the full date range includes:
  • a. Flexipass/Carnet journeys made during this majority period but accounted for in previous months when purchased.
  • b. Credits applied on a 31 July 2018 invoice for refunds on unused Flexipass/Carnet tickets purchased in the previous 12 months.

FoI/19/01274

The answers to your questions are:

  1. £13,537.37 of this payment relates to rail tickets. Due to the payment reporting part of our system using a single specific account code, the entire £25,907.97 was initially assigned to the rail travel account code.
  2. £905.36 relates to the fee element of this payment. Of which £634.86 relates to the fee for rail journeys.
  3. 352 rail journeys were booked as part of this payment.
  4. Although the majority of rail journeys booked as part of this payment took place between 1 August 2018 and 29 October 2018, the full date range of these journeys is 25 April 2018 to 29 October 2018. This is due to the nature of bulk purchase advance flexible tickets as the full date range includes:
  • a. Flexipass/Carnet journeys made during this majority period but accounted for in previous months when purchased.
  • b. Credits applied on a 29 August 2018 invoice for refunds on unused Flexipass/Carnet tickets purchased in the previous 12 months.

FoI/19/01275

The answers to your questions are:

  1. £173,482.09 of this payment relates to rail tickets. Due to the payment reporting part of our system using a single specific account code, the entire £465,402.16 was initially assigned to the rail travel account code.
  2. £20,429.48 relates to the fee element of this payment. Of which £9,203.12 relates to the fee for rail journeys.
  3. 4,187 rail journeys were booked as part of this payment.
  4. Although the majority of rail journeys booked as part of this payment took place between 1 August 2018 and 30 December 2018, the full date range of these journeys is 19 July 2017 to 30 December 2018. This is due to the nature of bulk purchase advance flexible tickets as the full date range includes:
  • a. Flexipass/Carnet journeys made during this majority period but accounted for in previous months when purchased.
  • b. Credits applied on a 31 August 2018 invoice for refunds on unused Flexipass/Carnet tickets purchased in the previous 12 months.

FoI/19/01276

The answers to your questions are:

  1. £168,985.17 of this payment relates to rail tickets. Due to the payment reporting part of our system using a single specific account code, the entire £511,756.30 was initially assigned to the rail travel account code.
  2. £20,581.71 relates to the fee element of this payment. Of which £9,628.96 relates to the fee for rail journeys.
  3. 4,536 rail journeys were booked as part of this payment.
  4. Although the majority of rail journeys booked as part of this payment took place between 1 September 2018 and 11 December 2018, the full date range of these journeys is 27 July 2017 to 11 December 2018. This is due to the nature of bulk purchase advance flexible tickets as the full date range includes:
  • a. Flexipass/Carnet journeys made during this majority period but accounted for in previous months when purchased.
  • b. Credits applied on a 31 September 2018 invoice for refunds on unused Flexipass/Carnet tickets purchased in the previous 12 months.

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