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 to 2013.
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 2013 with October to December 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 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
Comparing December 2013 with December 2012 from the bus fares index:
- 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