Bus is by far the most used form of public transport, making up more than four out of five public transport journeys in City Regions. However, service levels and patronage have been in decline for the past decade outside of London.
Bus patronage in England was just over 4.4 billion in 2016/17, a small decrease on the previous year. There are significant differences in long term trends in different parts of the country, with London the main outlier.
Bus trips per head of population
In England, the average person made 80 bus trips in 2016/17. London is way above the national average at 255 trips per person. All areas apart from Merseyside have experienced a fall in the most recent year, with a significant drop in London.