Public buses in the UK - Statistics & Facts

In the mid-twentieth century, public buses were one of the main modes of transportation in the United Kingdom. However, in the years since, the total distance travelled annually by bus or coach within Great Britain has been declining, with figures in 2017 only half the size of those reported in 1960.

Today, the area seeing the most number of passenger journeys by far is London, accounting for nearly 50 percent of all passenger journeys in Great Britain. Though overall figures have still been decreasing in recent years. Of bus users, those below the age of 30 spent the most on fares, with an average weekly expenditure of 2.3 British pounds in 2017.

Most buses in the United Kingdom are operated by the so-called Big 5, which consist of FirstGroup, Stagecoach Group, Go-Ahead Group, National Express and Arriva.
In their 2018 financial year, FirstGroup had generated 879.4 million British pounds in revenues through its First Bus business segment. By comparison, the Stagecoach Group had made more than one billion British pounds in revenues with its regional operation of buses and an additional 251.8 million British pounds with bus services in London.

In 2017, the leading manufacturer of buses and coaches, as determined by new registrations, was Ford. Overall, there were three bus marques with registration numbers higher than one thousand. In the third quarter of 2018, registration figures for Ford amounted to 553, a decrease compared to the same quarter one year prior.

The oldest public buses were operated in non-metropolitan areas of England, at 8.2 years, while buses in London were two years younger on average. As of 2016/17, 97 percent of all buses used for public transport were disability accessible, an increase of more than 50 percent compared to ten years previous. Figures for CCTV monitoring in buses had seen similar developments over the past eleven years, with 90 percent of public buses having installed cameras in 2016/17.

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Public buses in the United Kingdom

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