Statistics on local bus passenger journeys and fares in Great Britain up to October to December Q4 2013.
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.
Alongside this release tables on government support (BUS0501, BUS0502, BUS0503) and concessionary travel (tables BUS0811 and BUS0812) have been updated to include figures for 2012/13.
In the year to December 2013:
- an estimated 4.63 billion bus passenger journeys were made in England, around 6 million fewer than during the previous year
- bus use in London increased slightly (0.6%) and the downward trend of bus use outside London slowed, with a 0.9% decrease compared to the previous year.
Comparing October to December Q4 2013 with October to December Q4 2012:
- there was a 1.7% increase in bus passenger journeys in England with a 2.4% increase in London and a 2.0% increase in non-metropolitan areas while use in metropolitan areas decreased by 0.4%.
- bus passenger journeys increased by 1.2% in Scotland and decreased by 1.1% in Wales over the same period.
Comparing October to December Q4 2013 with the previous quarter, there was a 0.7% increase in seasonally adjusted bus passenger journeys in England. Quarter on quarter changes should be interpreted with caution, however.
Bus Fares Index Comparing December 2013 with December 2012:
- there was an increase in bus fares of 4.1% in England (4.6% in London, 3.5% in metropolitan areas and 3.8% in non-metropolitan areas). The all items retail prices index increased by 2.7% over this period.
- over the same period there was an increase of 3.2% in fares in both Scotland and Wales.