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First signs of COVID-19 effect in bus stats

First signs of COVID-19 effect in bus stats

Passenger numbers down by 13% in January-March quarter. Chris Cheek offers his analysis Bus patronage in Great Britain over the past 10 years   The downward trend in bus demand in Great Britain accelerated in the quarter ended March 31, falling by 13%, according to statistics published by the Department for Transport. The fall includes...
Bus patronage was falling before coronavirus crisis

Bus patronage was falling before coronavirus crisis

Analysis of bus use statistics for the last quarter before the COVID-19 crisis does not bode well for the industry’s post-lockdown future, writes Chris Cheek   Bus demand in Great Britain maintained its downward trend in the quarter ended December 31, 2019, falling by 2.7%, according to statistics published by the Department for Transport. The...
Bus use falling, but new markets emerging

Bus use falling, but new markets emerging

New report reveals that traditional bus markets are declining but new ones, such as ‘Millennial Bus Man’, offer a fresh long-term focus for revival   The report finds that while traditional bus markets are in decline, new ones are emerging among millennials   A new report by the Independent Transport Commission uncovers major changes in...
Bus drivers still key, say bus passengers

Bus drivers still key, say bus passengers

Survey shows that Stagecoach and Go-Ahead continue to set the pace in terms of bus user satisfaction, with FirstGroup still struggling to keep up   A full report appeared in the latest edition of Passenger Transport   Passenger watchdog Transport Focus chose to emphasise the importance of bus drivers when launching its eighth annual Bus...
HS2 can unlock true potential of network

HS2 can unlock true potential of network

  HS2 can deliver for the regions. Growth in intra-regional travel has been spectacular in some cases, and HS2 can open up new growth opportunities – writes Chris Cheek In rail terms, there is no doubt that the needs and requirements of London and the South East tend to dominate policy considerations. This is not...