Fall continues in Spring quarter, with 2.4% decline in England outside of London

 

Bus journeys: April-June 2017 versus April-June 2016
Source: Department for Transport

 

The number of people travelling by bus continues to decline across Great Britain, according to the latest statistics from the Department for Transport. Figures for April-June 2017 show year-on-year decreases in England (-1.6%), Scotland (-2.0%) and Wales (-1.9%). Within England, the decline in London was much slower. The year-on-year reduction was 0.7% in the capital compared to -2.4% elsewhere.

For the year ending June 2017, the number of local bus passenger journeys in England was 4.43 billion, a 1.7% decrease. The rate of decline was the same both inside and outside London.

The DfT statistics show that the local bus fares index increased by 2.1% in England between June 2016 and June 2017. Local bus fares increased by 2.2% in Scotland and 1.8% in Wales. Within England there was a 1.8% decrease in London. Outside of London, there was a 3.9% increase in metropolitan areas and a 5.2% increase in non-metropolitan areas. The retail prices index rose by 3.5% over the same period.

 
This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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