Official Statistics

Concessionary travel statistics: year ending, March 2015

Concessionary travel statistics in England on the number of passes and journeys, and concessionary reimbursement and expenditure.


Concessionary travel statistics: year ending, March 2015 data tables

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A range of statistics on concessionary travel in England, including the number of passes, number of concessionary bus journeys, reimbursement for concessionary bus journeys and expenditure on concessionary travel schemes.

In the financial year ending 2015:

  • there were around 9.8 million older and disabled concessionary bus passes in England
  • there were around 1.0 billion concessionary bus passenger journeys in England
  • on average, 102 bus journeys were made in England per older and disabled pass
  • Travel Concession Authorities (TCAs) paid £943 million to bus operators in reimbursement for carrying older and disabled concessionary passengers. In real terms, this was a 0.7% decrease in real terms compared to reimbursement paid in the financial year ending 2014

In addition:

  • in each of the years from financial year ending 2011 to the financial year ending 2016, nearly all of the 89 TCAs outside London offered some sort of discretionary travel concessions over and above the statutory minimum English National Concessionary Travel Scheme, for example companion passes or extensions to travel times
  • in 22 of the 89 TCAs outside London in the financial year ending 2016, a youth concession is being offered by the TCA. In 74 TCAs outside London, a commercial concession is offered by at least one bus operator in the area

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Published 29 September 2015