National Statistics

Annual bus statistics: year ending March 2012

Local bus sector statistics in Great Britain between 2011 and 2012, including passenger journeys, vehicle miles, fleet and staff levels.

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Annual bus statistics: year ending March 2012

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Annual bus statistics: revenue, costs and government support Great Britain: year ending March 2012

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Annual bus statistics: year ending March 2012 and XLS tables

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Main results

Passenger journey statistics show:

  • 5.2 billion bus passenger journeys in Great Britain between 2011 and 2012, a slight (0.6%) increase on the previous year, with 4.7 billion of these journeys in England
  • a continuation of recent trends, with patronage increasing in London, and the south of England but falling elsewhere. London journeys now account for half of all bus passenger journeys in England.

Vehicle miles statistics show:

  • bus vehicle miles in Great Britain fell slightly, by 1.3% between 2010 and 2011 and between 2011 and 2012, with a 0.8% fall in England
  • mileage on services financially supported by local authorities in England outside London fell by 9% over the same period

Vehicle and staff statistics show:

  • local bus operators in Great Britain operated 42,000 buses and employed 124,000 staff between 2011 and 2012
  • the proportion of buses which are disability accessible or low floor designs continues to increase steadily, to 88% in 2011 between 2012

Most of the data are derived from the department’s main annual survey of bus and coach operators. Information on revenue, costs and government support for buses was added on 13 December following the publication of out-turn data on local government revenue finance data by Department for Communities and Local Government.

Technical information:

Information on bus statistics, including the pre-release access list and related technical documentation is available.

  • National travel survey - includes data on concessionary pass holders in Great Britain, as well as general information on travel patterns amongst older people
  • Light rail and tram statistics – includes data on concessionary journeys on light rail and tram systems and concessionary revenue for bus and light rail operators
  • Bus statistics – includes a range of data on all bus travel, including overall passenger journey numbers and bus operator finance
  • Road accidents and safety statistics – includes data on personal injury road accidents, including the types of vehicles involved and the consequent casualties

Bus statistics

Published 15 November 2012