The overall number of buses has declined in the last ten years, although this decline is much steeper in Metropolitan areas and the number of buses in London has increased.
Bus numbers and ages
The average age of the bus fleet outside London has come down in the last ten years. The average age of the fleet in London has increased but is still lower than outside London.
Technology on buses
In England, 94% of buses had Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) devices fitted in 2014/15. In England outside of London, 89% of buses had live ITSO smart-card readers fitted in 2014/15. This figure has increased quickly since 2010/11 when the figure sat at 20%.