DfT statistics on the local bus sector in Great Britain present information on passenger journeys, vehicle miles, levels of revenue, costs and government support, the vehicle fleet, staff employed and other indicators including reliability and punctuality. These statistics are used to inform the development and monitoring of bus policy.
Most of the data are derived from the Department’s main annual Public Service Vehicle (PSV) survey of more than 1000 bus and coach operators of all sizes. However, some figures are derived from smaller surveys of the larger bus operators or other sources. London figures are provided by Transport for London (TfL).
Notes and guidance
The PSV survey uses imputation techniques to derive key figures for operators who were not selected or did not respond. Published data contain revisions dating back to 2004-05 after a review of the imputation methods. Further minor revisions to back-data may occur as a result of the imputation method used, although trends are unlikely to be affected substantively.
The majority of these statistics are National Statistics. Exceptions are tables containing data supplied by local authorities and those relating to bus service provision.
These statistics are due to be assessed by the UK Statistics Authority in 2012.
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- PSV survey and quarterly bus panel – methodology overview (PDF — 24 KB)
- PSV survey questionnaire (PDF — 86 KB)
- Timeline of key events in the bus industry (PDF — 57 KB)
- Funding flows between Government and the bus industry (PDF — 21 KB)
- General information on bus policy
- Light rail and tram statistics 2009-10 (PDF — 47 KB)
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