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Bus statistics

Bus statistics information.

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.

Latest bus and concessionary travel statistics

In the year ending March 2014:

  • there were an estimated 5.2 billion bus passenger journeys in Great Britain – around two-thirds of all public transport journeys, of these, 4.7 billion journeys were in England, of which half were in London
  • bus passenger journeys in England increased by 2.2% compared to the previous financial year
  • there were around 9.7 million older and disabled concessionary bus passes in England, with an average of 104 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:

See all statistics published by DfT

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 (eg 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:

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:

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 lists for buses series.

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Bus statistics enquiries

Publications released during 2015

  1. Quarterly bus statistics: January to March 2015

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Quarterly bus statistics: October to December 2014

    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications release during 2014

  1. Quarterly bus statistics: July to September 2014

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Annual bus statistics: year ending, March 2014

    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Quarterly bus statistics: April to June 2014

    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Concessionary travel statistics: year to end, March 2014

    • Statistics
  5. Quarterly bus statistics: January to March 2014

    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Quarterly bus statistics: Oct to Dec Q4 2013

    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2013

  1. Quarterly bus statistics: Jul to Sep Q3 2013

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Annual bus statistics, year ending March 2013

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

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

    • Statistics
  5. Quarterly bus statistics: January to March 2013

    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Quarterly bus statistics: October to December 2012

    • Statistics - national statistics
  7. Concessionary travel statistics: England, 2011-12 and 2012-13

    • Statistics

Publications released during 2012

  1. Quarterly bus statistics: July to September 2012

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Annual bus statistics: year ending March 2012

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

    • Statistics
  4. Quarterly bus statistics: quarter 2 2012

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

    • Statistics

Publications released during 2011

  1. Annual bus statistics 2010/11

    • Statistics - national statistics

Data tables associated with this series

  1. Buses: statistical tables index

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set
  8. Employment (BUS07)

    • Statistical data set
  9. Concessionary travel (BUS08)

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set