Bus use in York compared to rest of country
The statistics, which are collected for every local transport authority in England, show that the number of bus users in York increased by 700,000 in the same time period, an increase of 4.4 per cent. This is the third consecutive year of increase for York, with passenger journeys increasing by 1.6 million, or nearly 11 per cent, since 2012/13.
The figures show that York has defied the regional and national trend of decreasing passenger numbers. Nationally the number of bus passenger journeys fell by 2.6 per cent last year and 2.9 per cent in the Yorkshire and the Humber region. York was the only Yorkshire authority to see an increase in passenger numbers.
However, the figures also reveal that the number of bus journeys made per head of population still haven’t recovered to the level seen in 2009.
Much of the increase over the last couple of years can be traced to the opening of a new park and ride site (Poppleton) and a greatly expanded and modernised site at Askham Bar.
Stage carriage services have remained stable.
Interestingly the number of journeys made by those using elderly or disabled persons (free) passes has now stabilised at 5 million a year following several years of decline.
Around 30% of local bus journeys are made by people using passes.
Passengers must wait a few more months to find out how reliable services have been. Frequent services – the majority in York – showed a decline in reliability when last year’s figures were published.
The York Council and bus companies refuse to publish the reliability statistics that they collect from journey management computer systems.
Bus usage figures in the rest of North Yorkshire are declining at an alarming rate.
Bus use in York and North Yorkshire compared