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Bus passenger journeys

Bus passenger journeys in England quarterly figures.

Documents

Measurement template

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The full guidance notes on DfT bus statistics

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Passenger journeys on local bus services by metropolitan area status and country: Great Britain, quarterly from 2004/05 (seasonally adjusted)

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Detail

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Geographical coverage: England

Information broken down by: Region - data are available for London, English metropolitan areas (as a group), and English non-metropolitan areas (as a group)

Latest data

  • In Quarter 3 (July to September) 2013, there were 1.16 billion passenger journeys on local buses in England.
Most recent data  
Quarter Passenger journey (billions)
2012/13 Jul-Sep 1.156
2012/13 Jul-Sep 1.158
Percentage change 0.2%

The complete set of data is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/bus01-local-bus-passenger-journeys

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  • Bus passenger journeys in England increased by around 15% between 2004/05 and 2008/09, a period in which the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme was introduced. Growth was greater in London, with a smaller increase in the metropolitan areas outside London over this period.
  • Since 2008/09, total passenger journeys in England have remained broadly stable overall, as growth in London has offset a gradual decline in passenger numbers outside London. However, in the past year bus use in London has been levelling off and the year to September 2013 saw a decrease of 0.2% compared to the previous year.
  • Though figures for individual quarters should be interpreted with caution, they show an increase in patronage for England as a whole compared to the previous quarter. The only area in which bus use decreased was in metropolitan areas outside London (-0.4%). This is the first time that July-September quarter has shown an increase on the previous quarter for 5 years.

Background information

  • Quarterly estimates are based on a panel of the 18 largest non-metropolitan operators, Passenger Transport Executives (for metropolitan areas) and Transport for London (TfL). The panel covers over 90% of the journeys made in Great Britain. Data from the quarterly panel is scaled to annual figures from the Department’s main annual survey of 700 PSV operators, and figures are then seasonally adjusted. More information is in the Guidance Notes (see link in Related Information below).
  • The quarterly figures are less precise than the annual statistics which aim to report on all journeys, including those covered by smaller operators.
  • Quarterly figures are subject to revision due to the nature of the seasonal adjustment, and scaling to annual figures. However, these will typically be minor and not affect overall patterns shown.

  • Publishing schedule: Quarterly
  • Last updated: 17 December 2013
  • Next update: March 2014

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