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BUS PASSENGER JOURNEYS 2002/03

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Provisional figures for the year ending 31 March 2003 show that the ...
Provisional figures for the year ending 31 March 2003 show that the

number of local bus passenger journeys in England increased by two

per cent from 3,802 million in 2001/02 to 3,892 million in 2002/03.

The table below shows trends in patronage (passenger journeys) over

recent years:

Local bus passenger journeys (millions)

Year London % England % England % Great %

change outside change change Britain change

London

1993/94 1,117 -1.1 2,610 -3.0 3,727 -2.4 4,385 -2.1

1994/95 1,167 4.5 2,608 -0.1 3,775 1.3 4,420 0.8

1995/96 1,205 3.3 2,557 -2.0 3,762 -0.3 4,383 -0.8

1996/97 1,242 3.1 2,511 -1.8 3,753 -0.2 4,350 -0.8

1997/98 1,294 4.2 2,479 -1.3 3,773 0.5 4,330 -0.5

1998/99 1,279 -1.2 2,441 -1.6 3,719 -1.4 4,248 -1.9

1999/00 1,307 2.2 2,425 -0.6 3,732 0.3 4,281 0.8

2000/01 1,359 4.0 2,401 -0.9 3,760 0.8 4,309 0.7

2001/02 1,434 5.5 2,368 -1.4 3,802 1.1 4,347 0.9

2002/03p 1,542 7.6 2,350 -0.8 3,892 2.4 4,451 2.4

p = provisional

Key points include the following.

- Patronage in London grew by 7.6 per cent in the last year.

Patronage in England outside London fell by 0.8 per cent.

- Bus patronage in England has increased in each of the last four

years and is now 173 million passenger journeys higher than the

lowest point in 1998/99.

- Patronage in London is now 21 per cent higher than in 1998/99.

Notes

1. This bulletin presents provisional key summary figures. The

finalised, more detailed statistics will be published in a Transport

Statistics Bulletin on 27 November.

2. Public transport statistics can be viewed by following the links

from the following website address:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_control/documents/

contentservertem plate/dft_index.hcst?n=7232&l=2

3. The 10-Year Plan for Transport published in July 2000 set a target

of a ten per cent increase in bus patronage in England by 2010.

Following the 2002 spending review, the Department's PSA on local

public transport has combined the previous targets for bus and light

rail patronage and is now: 'an increase in use of more than 12 per

cent by 2010 compared with 2000 levels'.

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