Decision details

Award of 6 Special Educational Needs Tail Lift Routes to Peterborough Limited Trading as Aragon Direct Services - MAY20/CMDN/111

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills and the University

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet Member is recommended to:


1.    award a contract to Peterborough Limited for additional passenger transport service routes  at a cost of £291,840 per year totalling £1,167,360 for an initial period from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021 with an option for the council to extend for further three years (1+1+1) (“Extended Period”), provided Peterborough Limited’s annual Business Plan(s) for the Extended Period is approved by Cabinet. 

2.    authorise that the Council’s existing operational services agreement (“OSA”)  with Peterborough Limited is varied to include the delivery by Peterborough Limited for the additional passenger transport service routes as set out in paragraph 1 above  



Reasons for the decision:

To ensure that safe, quality transport is in place for the 36 students allocated to these routes for the new academic year in September 2020, and that Peterborough City Council fulfils its statutory duty to these students.


Alternative options considered:

The external market was tested in 2019 however there were, and continue to be, concerns regarding the retention of these experienced staff and that the vehicle specification will not meet the requirements (many of the vehicles used by the taxi companies are not fit for transportation of 3 wheelchairs at a time). 

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Publication date: 09/06/2020

Date of decision: 09/06/2020

Effective from: 13/06/2020

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