This is equivalent to a 10% reduction in “stage carriage” service use. The figures are described as “provisional”.
The Council has yet to respond fully to a Freedom of Information request on bus usage in the City.
Requests for the City to publish bus reliability information are also mired in a legal wrangle.
Although Park and Ride use increased from 4.1 to 4.3 million trips, it did not offset what is the largest single year decline ever recorded in public transport use in the City.
The start of the decline can be traced back to 2011 when the Council confronted the major provider of services in the City (First) in an attempt to get the futuristic ftr taken off York’s roads.
The ftr had been popular with passengers but the dispute led to a period of conflict between the Labour run Council and bus operators.
Recent attempts to “hype” a fares reduction through the media proved to be ill judged as many users found that their journey was actually costing more.
The Council announced at its last meeting that it is scrapping the Quality Bus Partnership which has been a liaison point between bus operators, passenger representatives and the Council.
It will be replaced by another”behind closed doors” discussion group
NB. Following on from the bad news about reduced footfall in the City, the Council report has also revealed a drop in car park use from 1.62 to 1.52 million.
They are forecasting a net shortfall of £250k (3.5%) from parking income following data from the first six months.
The decline in use followed a decision by the new Labour Council to implement a 36% increase in parking charges.