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House of Commons Hansard
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29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) number of and (b) percentage change in bus usage in (i) York and (ii) England in the last five years. [324221]

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The following table shows the number of bus journeys in England over the last five years and the annual percentage increases.

Bus passenger journeys for England, 2004-05 to 2008-09

“Old” basis (million)

“New” basis (million)

Percentage change on previous year

2004-05

4,299

+1.6

2005-06

4,360

+1.4

2006-07

4,648

+6.6

2007-081

4,715

4,628

+1.4

2008-09

4,701

+1.6

1 There is a break in the time series of estimated passenger journeys in 2007-08 due to a change in the estimation methodology. Figures are shown on both the old and new basis for that year. The next planned release of Bus and Light Rail Statistics, due on 17 June 2010 will include figures on the ‘new basis’ for years prior to 2007-08.

Source:

PSV Survey of Bus and Coach Operators.

Bus patronage data for the city of York unitary authority cannot be made available from the same source as they are commercially confidential.

Information at a local authority level is, however, available from the National Indicator Set. These data are not consistent with the DFT’s published patronage estimates above and have not gone through the same reconciliation and consistency checks.

The following table shows National Indicator 177 (Local bus and light rail passenger journeys originating in the authority area) figures for the city of York.

Bus passenger journeys for City of York, 2004-05 to 2008-09

NI 177 (thousand)

Percentage change on previous year

2004-05

14,300

2005-06

14,494

+1.4

2006-07

15,144

+4.5

2007-08

14,853

-1.9

2008-09

15,334

+3.2

Source:

LA National Indicator 177