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Proportion of bus services running on time

Impact indicator, disaggregated by local authority, published annually from May 2011.

Documents

Non-frequent bus services running on time by local authority: England, annual from 2004/05

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Average excess waiting time for frequent services, by local authority: England, annual from 2004-05

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Measurement template

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Detail

DfT Business plan input indicator

Geographical coverage: England

Information broken down by: Local authority

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Latest data

In 2012/13, an estimated 82.8% of non-frequent bus services in England ran on time.

Most recent data  
Year % on time
2011/12 82.8
2012/13 82.8
Percentage point change 0.0

In 2012/13, an estimated 82.8% of non-frequent bus services in England ran on time (defined as between 1 minute early and 5 minutes 59 seconds late), an increase from 79.4% in 2007/08. However, trends over time should be interpreted with caution as they can be affected by changes in methods used or reflect random variability arising from the nature of the data collection.

Frequent services do not operate in all areas. The proportion of non-frequent buses on time varies by local authority. In 2012/13, the proportion ranged from 64% (Darlington) to 96% (Gloucestershire and Rutland).

Background information

Improved performance will see the on-time figures for ‘non-frequent’ bus services increase, and the excess waiting time for ‘frequent’ services decrease.

The data are supplied by local authorities and published by the Department for Transport - local authorities are given guidance to ensure consistency across the country, however as with all data collections there are likely to be some inconsistencies.

National figures are calculated by weighting the local authority data we receive; this weighting is based on the number of services in a particular local authority from the National Public Transport Data Repository (NPTDR) - further information is available in the measurement template.

Publishing schedule: annually
Last updated: 24 September 2013
Next update: Autumn 2014

The full guidance on how to compile the indicators
Related bus statistics
Research on attitudes to bus travel

Further information

Business Plan 2012-2015
Input and impact indicators
Analyst contact: Matthew Tranter, Bus statistics

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