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 fell from 4.1 billion in 2019/20 to just 1.5 billion in 2020/21, the first full year of Covid-19 restrictions. Patronage in the Metropolitan Areas fell to 323 million and patronage in London fell to 856 million.

Bus trips per head of population

In England, the average person made 28 bus trips in 2020/21. Trips per person in London fell to 95, with a Metropolitan Area average of 27.