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.
The majority of these statistics are updated annually, with information on passenger journeys and fares available quarterly.
20 September 2012: Details of changes to timing and content of these statistics can be found below.
Latest Bus Statistics
- There were an estimated 5.2 billion bus passenger journeys in Great Britain in 2011/12 – around two-thirds of all public transport journeys.
- Of these 4.6 billion journeys were in England, of which half were in London.
- Provisionally, bus passenger journeys in England increased slightly between 2010/11 and 2011/12, with a 0.6 per cent increase over this period.
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Tables within the bus statistics series
- Passenger journeys tables
- Vehicle miles/kilometres tables
- Costs, revenue and fares index tables
- Government support tables
- PSV operator vehicles tables
- PSV operator staff tables
- Concessionary Travel tables
- Bus punctuality tables
- Bus vehicle trips (service provision) tables
Tables containing data on buses and coaches within other DfT series:
- Bus user tables from the National Travel Survey
- Public attitudes towards buses
- Bus and coach accident tables from reported road casualty road casualty statistics
- Licensed buses and coaches from DVLA data
Notes and guidance
Most of the statistics in this series are derived from the Department’s main annual Public Service Vehicle (PSV) survey of bus and coach operators of all sizes. However, some figures are derived from smaller surveys of local authorities, the larger bus operators or other sources. London figures are provided by Transport for London (TfL).
Full details of the data sources and methods used in the compilation of bus statistics can be found in the notes and definitions (available below).
Changes to timing and content of bus statistics – Autumn 2012
The data systems used to produce these statistics are currently being developed. In order to complete this work, the annual statistics usually available in October will be delayed until November. However annual statistics on bus fares and punctuality have been included alongside publication of quarterly estimates. It is hoped that the development work will improve the timeliness of the statistics in future years. Further details can be found in the short note below.
User feedback request
We continuously review the content of these statistics to ensure that they provide the most useful information whilst minimising burdens on data providers. A summary of feedback we have received from users and data suppliers, together with details of planned changes from 2011/12, is available below. We continue to welcome any feedback on these statistics via our user feedback formor by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Review of bus fares index
The DfT bus fares index, published as part of these statistics, has recently been independently reviewed. A report on this review, including a summary of the Department’s response to the recommendations made, can be found below.
Previous and forthcoming revisions
The PSV survey uses imputation techniques to derive key figures for operators who were not selected or did not respond. Published data contain revisions (made in 2010) dating back to 2004-05 after a review of the imputation methods. The latest figures are based on the same methodology.
We are currently improving the data systems used to produce the statistics. Users should be aware that this may result in further revisions to the data from 2004-05, although trends are unlikely to be affected substantively. These will be published alongside the annual bus statistics later in 2012.
The majority of these statistics are National Statistics. Exceptions are tables containing data supplied by local authorities and industry bodies and those relating to bus service provision. These statistics are currently being assessed by the United Kingdom Statistics Authority (UKSA) to determine their compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. An assessment report was published in June 2012 (Report 221).
Pre-release access list
The post holders given pre-release access for up to 24 hours prior to release.
- Pre-release access list (annual) (PDF – 11 KB)
- Pre-release access list (quarterly) (PDF – 10 KB)
- Pre-release access list (concessionary travel) (PDF – 11 KB)
Further technical and background information related to DfT bus statistics including detailed notes and definitions and copies of survey questionnaires.
- Light rail and tram statistics
- National travel survey
- Passenger Focus research on behalf of bus, coach and tram passengers
- DfT bus policy
- Bus and Coach Statistics: Scotland
- Welsh Transport Statistics (chapter 8 – public transport)
- Northern Ireland Transport Statistics (chapter 6 – public transport)
- Transport for London ‘Travel in London’ reports
- Phone: 020 7944 3094