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.

Key indicators

Bus patronage

Bus patronage in England was just over 4.32 billion in 2018/1, a small decrease on the previous year. Patronage in the Metropolitan Areas remained stable over the last year, with growth in Tyne and Wear, Merseyside and the West Midlands. 

Bus trips per head of population

In England, the average person made 77 bus trips in 2018/19. London is way above the national average at 246 trips per person. Merseyside, Tyne and Wear and the West Midlands all saw an increase in the most recent year.