Quarterly bus statistics released

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The Government has released the latest passenger journey figures. The figures are based on data collected from a panel survey of the largest bus operators and are seasonally adjusted.

In the year to December 2013:

  • An estimated 4.63 billion bus passenger journeys were made in England, around six 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, and
  • Comparing October to December Q4 2013 with the previous quarter, there was a 0.7% increase in seasonally adjusted bus passenger journeys in England. The Bus Fares Index comparing December 2013 with December 2012 found that 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.