Statistics on the local bus sector in Great Britain, presenting information on passenger journeys, vehicle miles, levels of revenue, costs and government support, the vehicle fleet, staff employed and other indicators including punctuality. The department also collects statistics on concessionary travel, covering pass holders, journeys, expenditure and reimbursement to operators.
The majority of these statistics are updated annually, with information on passenger journeys and fares available quarterly.
An index sheet lists all the tables available.
Latest bus and concessionary travel statistics
In the year ending March 2017
There were an estimated 4.93 billion bus passenger journeys in Great Britain, around 60% of all public transport journeys. 4.44 billion journeys were in England, of which just over half were in London.
Bus passenger journeys in England decreased by 1.5% compared with the previous financial year.
There were around 9.8 million older and disabled concessionary bus passes in England, with an average of 95 bus journeys per pass per year.
Bus mileage in England decreased by 1.1% when compared with 2015 to 2016, largely due to a 13.8% decrease in mileage on local authority supported services in England outside London.
Several DfT business plan indicators use data from the bus statistics series. These include the:
Other information on buses is available from these external sources:
See all statistics published by DfT
Most of the statistics are derived from an annual survey of over 500 bus operators. Some figures are derived from smaller surveys of local authorities (e.g. concessionary travel), the larger bus operators or other sources. London figures are provided by Transport for London.
Users should be aware that previously published figures derived from the annual PSV operator survey are routinely revised once a new year of data becomes available, due to the nature of the imputation method used.
Full details of the data sources and methods used can be found in the guidance.
Most of the statistics published are national statistics. Bus statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as National Statistics in February 2013.
Concessionary travel statistics tables containing data supplied by local authorities and industry bodies and those relating to bus service provision are outside the scope of national statistics. The department’s view is that all statistics which are not designated are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard.
Pre-release access list
The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list for buses.
Feedback on these statistics is welcomed, and can be provided by completing this short feedback form.