transport statistics at national and regional level including results
from the department's 2001/02 survey of bus and coach operators. Key
- the number of bus passenger journeys in England increased by one
per cent in the year to 31 March 2002, to 3,794 million, continuing
the small upward trend of the last two years. There was also an
increase of one per cent in Great Britain, to 4,339 million journeys.
- London's bus patronage continued to grow, with a 5.5 per cent
increase in the year to 31 March 2002 to 1,434 million journeys, 38
per cent of the England total. There was a 1 per cent rise in bus
patronage in the East of England, to 172 million journeys. Patronage
was unchanged in the Midland regions. Other regions of England showed
small falls in bus patronage.
- passenger journeys on light rail systems in England increased by 6
per cent, to 127 million. Passenger kilometres on the national rail
network increased by 2 per cent in 2001/02 to 39.1 billion. There was
a rise of 7 per cent on long distance routes.
- local bus passenger receipts in England rose by 1 per cent in real
terms in 2001/02, to #2.5 billion, up by 8 per cent over the last
- bus operating costs per vehicle kilometre vary greatly from area
to area. In England in real terms they increased by 4 per cent over
the previous year, although they have fallen by 14 per cent over the
last decade. Operating costs per passenger journey in England
increased by 2 per cent in real terms compared with 2000/01.
- in the year ending 31 March 2002, 29 per cent of the full size
local bus fleet was wheelchair accessible.
1. Figures on light rail patronage in 2001/02 were originally
published by the department on 15 August 2002.
2. SRA publishes rail patronage figures each quarter in National Rail
Trends, the 2001/02 figures were published on 6 June 2002.
3. These figures, and further details, are in the Transport
Statistics Bulletin 'A Bulletin of Public Transport Statistics: Great
Britain 2002' - obtainable from:
Department for Transport
Transport Statistics Personal Travel
76 Marsham Street
Tel. 020 7944 3076