The Department for Transport has released statistics for bus travel between January and March 2012. The figures include projections for the financial year and are estimated using a panel survey of the largest bus operators and are seasonally adjusted. The key provisional annual results are:
- Bus passenger journeys in England increased slightly between 2010/11 and 2011/12, with a 0.6% increase over this period.
- Within England, there was an annual decrease in bus passenger journeys of 2.3% in metropolitan areas and 0.2% in nonmetropolitan areas, but an increase of 2.4% in London.
- Bus passenger journeys increased by 1.0% in Scotland and 1.8% in Wales, between 2010/11 and 2011/12.
Comparing Q1 2012 with the same quarter in the previous year:
- There was an increase in bus passenger journeys of 1.7% in England with a 3.9% increase for London, no change in metropolitan areas, and a decrease of 0.6% in non-metropolitan areas.
- Over the same period there was an increase of 2.5% in passenger journeys in Scotland, and an increase of 0.6% in Wales.
Comparing the last two quarters, between Q4 (October to December) 2011 and Q1 (January to March) 2012:
- There was an increase in bus passenger journeys of 1.6% in England (2.0 per cent in London, 1.7% in metropolitan areas and 0.6% in non-metropolitan areas).
- Over the same period there was an increase of 0.5% in passenger journeys in Scotland, and an increase of 0.9% in Wales.
To view and download the data visit www.dft.gov.uk