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Bus statistics

Data and statistics about the local bus sector in Great Britain.

Annual bus statistics

The annual bus statistics that were originally scheduled to be published on 30 November 2022 have been postponed until January 2023. This is primarily as a result of data quality issues for a single large operator, which would affect the national trends. This delay will allow time for these data to be revised and ensure that it is quality assured to the expected standards.

We separately recently stated our intention to cease the publication of the quarterly bus passenger journey estimates, effective from the Winter 2022 to 2023 quarterly release, while continuing to publish the quarterly bus fares statistics in the form of a table. We did not receive any significant feedback on this proposal and therefore plan to enact this change. Therefore alongside the annual bus statistics that will be published in January, we will also publish the latest quarterly fares statistics. We will then continue to publish the fares statistics on a quarterly basis in future.

Quarterly statistics on local bus passenger journeys and fares in Great Britain.

The department is reviewing the range of bus statistics that it produces, with a view to modernising these to ensure that they meet user needs.

As part of this process, the department is proposing to cease the publication of the quarterly bus passenger journey estimates, effective from the Winter 2022 to 2023 quarterly release. These have been largely superseded by the more timely transport use official statistics, which provide frequent updates on bus passenger journey levels in Great Britain. Alongside the more detailed annual bus statistics, we believe that this meets the needs of many of our users.

We intend to continue to publish the quarterly bus fares statistics in the form of a table, and we will no longer publish the current series on quarterly bus passenger numbers. We will also cease the publication of the quarterly bus statistics report (in html format).

We are continuing exploring ways to further develop the transport use statistics to ensure that these timely statistics meet an even wider range of user needs.

We would welcome any feedback from users of the statistics on these proposed changes. Please contact bus statistics with any views.

Latest bus statistics

Bus statistics

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.

Bus statistics information on current and previous annual bus, quarterly bus and concessionary travel statistics are available.

Data tables

Accessibility of tables

The department is currently working to make our tables accessible for our users. If you would like to request a more accessible format, please email bus statistics. We will consider each request but may not be able to provide an alternative accessible format on every occasion.

If you have any feedback on the accessibility of our tables, please email us.

About the bus statistics data and reports

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

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.

Full details of the data sources and methods used can be found in the bus and concessionary travel information page.

Other information on buses is available from these external sources:

Published 24 September 2013
Last updated 13 October 2022 + show all updates
  1. Quarterly bus statistics for April to June 2022 added. Note to changes for the quarterly series included.

  2. Quarterly bus statistics for the quarter January to March 2022 added.

  3. Included link to transport statistics survey in the details section of the page. Quarterly bus statistics, October to December 2021 added.

  4. Annual bus and concessionary travel statistics for the year ending March 2021 added.

  5. Quarterly bus statistics: April to June 2021 added.

  6. Quarterly bus statistics for January to March 2021 added to collection.

  7. Quarterly bus statistics for the period of October to December 2020 added to collection.

  8. Quarterly bus statistics for the period of July to September 2020 added to collection.

  9. Annual bus statistics report for the year ending March 2020, added to the collection of latest bus statistics.

  10. Bus statistics report for the quarterly period of April to June 2020 added to collection.

  11. Collection page updated for the latest bus statistics quarterly for the January to March 2020 report.

  12. Collection page updated for the latest bus statistics quarterly for the October to December 2019 report.

  13. Quarterly bus statistics: July to September 2019 report added to the collection page.

  14. Collection page updated for annual bus and concessionary travel statistics reports, year ending March 2019.

  15. Collection updated for 'Quarterly bus statistics: April to June 2019'.

  16. New release published - Quarterly bus statistics: January to March 2019.

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  24. Bus and concessionary travel statistics for the year ending March 2017.

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