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 4.35 billion in 2017/18, 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 78 bus trips in 2017/18. London is way above the national average at 255 trips per person. All areas have experienced a fall in the most recent year.