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Bus statistics

This series brings together all documents relating to bus statistics

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Department for Transport (DfT) statistics on the local bus sector in Great Britain present 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. This index sheet lists all the tables available.

The majority of these statistics are updated annually, with information on passenger journeys and fares available quarterly.

Feedback on these statistics is welcomed, and can be provided by completing this short feedback form

Latest bus and concessionary travel statistics

In the financial year ending 2013:

  • there were an estimated 5.1 billion bus passenger journeys in Great Britain – around two-thirds of all public transport journeys, of these, 4.6 billion journeys were in England, of which half were in London.
  • bus passenger journeys in England decreased by 1.4% compared to the previous financial year.
  • there were around 9.7 million older and disabled concessionary bus passes in England, with an average of 105 bus journeys per pass per year.

Several DfT business plan indicators use data from the bus statistics series. These include:

Other information on buses is available from these external sources:

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Technical information

Most of the statistics in this series are derived from an annual survey of over 500 bus operators. Some figures are derived from smaller surveys of local authorities (for example on concessionary travel), the larger bus operators or other sources. London figures are provided by Transport for London (TfL). 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.

Bus and concessionary travel statistics guidance
Bus statistics data collection forms

National statistics

Most of the statistics published in this series are National Statistics. Bus statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as National Statistics in February 2013.

National statistics report
Letter of confirmation as national statistics

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.

Pre-release access lists for buses series

Publications released during 2013

  1. Quarterly bus statistics: Jul to Sep Q3 2013

    • 17 December 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Annual bus statistics: 2012-13

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Quarterly bus statistics: Apr to Jun Q2 2013

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Concessionary travel statistics: 2012-13

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistics
  5. Quarterly bus statistics: quarter 1 2013

    • 18 June 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Quarterly bus statistics: quarter 4 2012

    • 14 March 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  7. Concessionary Travel Statistics: England, 2011-12 and 2012-13

    • 7 January 2013
    • Statistics

Publications released during 2012

  1. Quarterly bus statistics: quarter 3 2012

    • 13 December 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Annual bus statistics: 2011-12

    • 15 November 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Concessionary Travel notes and definitions

    • 15 November 2012
    • Statistics
  4. Quarterly bus statistics: quarter 2 2012

    • 20 September 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. Concessionary travel statistics 2010/11 and 2011/12

    • 15 March 2012
    • Statistics

Publications released during 2011

  1. Annual bus statistics 2010/11

    • 20 October 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics

Data tables associated with this series

  1. Buses: statistical tables index

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  2. Local bus passenger journeys (BUS01)

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  3. Vehicle distance travelled (BUS02)

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  4. Passenger distance travelled (BUS03)

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  5. Costs, fares and revenue (BUS04)

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  6. Subsidies and concessions (BUS05)

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  7. Vehicle stocks technology and equipment (BUS06)

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  8. Employment (BUS07)

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  9. Concessionary travel (BUS08)

    • 7 January 2013
    • Statistical data set
  10. Frequency and waiting times (BUS09)

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  11. Number of trips and information systems (BUS10)

    • 10 November 2012
    • Statistical data set
  12. Summary of bus statistics from other Government data sources (BUS99)

    • 24 September 2013
    • Statistical data set

Publications release during 2014

  1. Quarterly bus statistics: Oct to Dec Q4 2013

    • 11 March 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics

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