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Buses

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of rural householders were within a 10 minute walk of a regular bus service in each of the last 20 years. (93809)

The following table shows data for 1985-86 to 2005 on the percentage of rural households that are within (a) 6 minutes’ walk and (b) 13 minutes’ walk of a bus stop with a service at least once an hour.

Percentage of households within (a) 6 minutes and (b) 13 minutes of a bus stop with a service at least once an hour: Great Britain.

Percentage of households

6 minutes or less

13 minutes or less1

1985-86

30

35

1989-91

31

37

1990-92

35

40

1991-93

42

48

1992-94

46

52

1993-95

44

51

1994-96

42

48

1995-972

34

38

1996-98

35

39

1997-99

36

43

1998-2000

39

45

1999-01

44

50

2002

41

47

2003

48

54

2004

47

56

2005

45

54

1 Includes households within 6 minutes’ walk.

2 Figures for 1995-97 onwards are based on weighted data.

Source:

DfT National Travel Survey

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pensioners qualified for free (a) off-peak national and (b) local bus travel in each county in (i) 1986, (ii) 1996 and (iii) 2006. (93870)

Free off-peak national bus travel is to be introduced in April 2008. Information on eligible pensioners, or those who would have been eligible had a statutory concession existed, is shown by each county, unitary authority and Passenger Transport Executive in the following table. Information on the eligible population of pensioners is taken from the Census produced by the Office for National Statistics. A statutory minimum concession for bus travel was introduced in the Transport Act 2000 and the eligibility criteria for pensioners changed in 2003. Data for 1986 and 1996 refer to men aged 65 or older and women aged 60 or older. Data for 2005 refer to all those aged 60 or older.

Thousands of eligible pensioners in mid:

1986

1996

2005

Bath and North East Somerset UA

33.7

34.5

39.6

Bedfordshire

51.3

58.3

77.4

Blackburn with Darwen UA

24.1

22.2

24.0

Blackpool UA

37.8

33.7

35.7

Bournemouth UA

44.3

40.6

40.8

Bracknell Forest UA

10.7

13.5

17.3

Brighton and Hove UA

59.3

49.8

48.3

Bristol, City of UA

77.1

70.4

72.3

Buckinghamshire

68.4

76.2

99.8

Cambridgeshire

79.5

89.7

118.9

Cheshire

112.0

124.4

159.1

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

100.1

110.3

141.2

Cumbria

95.7

99.8

124.7

Darlington UA

19.1

19.2

22.2

Derby UA

39.4

42.0

48.6

Derbyshire

130.2

137.8

173.0

Devon

151.2

162.0

201.2

Dorset

89.0

98.7

123.2

Durham

89.1

93.5

113.1

East Riding of Yorkshire UA

55.3

62.8

84.2

East Sussex

128.7

126.3

144.6

Essex

214.9

240.4

306.6

Gloucestershire

99.5

108.9

134.9

Greater London

1191.6

1073.3

1165.2

Greater Manchester PTE

454.9

439.4

500.6

Halton UA

17.7

18.6

22.2

Hampshire

189.0

217.9

283.9

Hartlepool UA

15.2

16.3

19.2

Herefordshire UA

31.6

36.2

47.5

Hertfordshire

161.4

174.3

211,5

Isle of Wight UA

32.7

33.1

40.9

Kent

250.5

257.7

313.7

Kingston upon Hull UA

46.7

45.4

47.3

Lancashire

211.8

215.1

260.4

Leicester UA

49.4

46.6

47.1

Leicestershire

90.0

104.3

137.8

Lincolnshire

111.7

131.6

176.2

Luton UA

22.9

24.2

30.8

Medway UA

34.6

35.3

45.3

Merseyside PTE

269.3

266.6

298.6

Middlesbrough UA

22.3

23.9

27.0

Milton Keynes UA

17.4

22.8

32.2

Norfolk

155.3

172.9

220.7

North East Lincolnshire UA

27.7

29.6

35.3

North Lincolnshire UA

25.2

28.8

36.7

North Somerset UA

37.4

40.2

50.6

North Yorkshire

107.7

115.5

146.0

Northamptonshire

92.7

99.7

128.6

Northumberland

57.1

60.6

76.2

Nottingham UA

50.2

47.6

46.5

Nottinghamshire

124.8

137.7

173.3

Oxfordshire

88.2

96.6

123.1

Peterborough UA

21.9

24.9

29.9

Plymouth UA

44.9

44.8

51.9

Poole UA

29.3

31.1

36.6

Portsmouth UA

37.5

34.2

35.7

Reading UA

21.9

21.2

23.3

Redcar and Cleveland UA

23.4

25.9

32.8

Rutland UA

5.2

6.1

9.0

Shropshire

49.8

56.4

73.8

Slough UA

15.0

15.7

18.0

Somerset

95.3

106.0

133.7

South Gloucestershire UA

31.0

37.7

52.1

South Yorkshire PTE

237.7

239.3

276.3

Southampton UA

37.8

37.6

40.1

Southend-on-Sea UA

39.7

36.0

38.3

Staffordshire

120.5

138.0

186.5

Stockton-on-Tees UA

25.2

29.2

37.1

Stoke-on-Trent UA

46.1

46.4

51.0

Suffolk

123.2

133.6

170.2

Surrey

188.4

195.1

233.2

Swindon UA

24.6

27.7

34.3

Telford and Wrekin UA

18.2

21.2

29.9

Thurrock UA

18.8

20.6

26.1

Torbay UA

34.3

33.0

38.8

Tyne and Wear PTE

210.4

212.1

235.6

Warrington UA

28.5

30.6

39.5

Warwickshire

81.8

91.2

118.2

West Berkshire UA

18.8

21.3

28.1

West Midlands PTE

459.8

467.2

526.3

West Sussex

167.7

170.0

199.4

West Yorkshire PTE

363.4

363.1

417.3

Wiltshire

70.6

77.4

100.7

Windsor and Maidenhead UA

22.2

23.6

28.0

Wokingham UA

15.4

19.1

27.6

Worcestershire

84.6

97.7

129.2

York UA

32.4

34.0

40.6