This statistical release presents data on local bus passenger journeys and fares in Great Britain up to quarter 4 (October to December) 2012.
Passenger journey figures are based on data collected from a panel survey of the largest bus operators and are seasonally adjusted. The bus fares index is compiled from data provided by a representative sample of operators.
The table showing annual data on price increases and competition for tenders for local bus contracts has been updated alongside this release and is available here
Comparing Q4 (October to December) 2012 with the same quarter in the previous year:
There was a 1.1% decrease in bus passenger journeys in England with a 3.9% decrease in non-metropolitan areas, a 0.2% decrease in London and an increase of 0.3% in metropolitan areas.
Bus passenger journeys in Scotland decreased by 3.7% over the same period, and decreased by 4.5% in Wales.
Comparing Q4 (October to December) 2012 with the previous quarter, there was a 0.5% decrease in seasonally adjusted bus passenger journeys in England, with falls in each area type except metropolitan areas which increased by 0.4%. Quarter on quarter changes should be interpreted with caution.
Bus Fares Index
Comparing December 2012 with December 2011:
There was an increase in bus fares of 5.7% in England (5.4% in London, 5.0% in metropolitan areas and 6.8% in non-metropolitan areas). The all items retail prices index increased by 3.1% over this period.
Over the same period there was an increase of 5.7% in fares in Scotland, and an increase of 7.1% in Wales.
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