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 remained stable in recent years. The average age of the fleet in London is considerably lower than other parts of the country.
Technology on buses
In England, 97% of buses had Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) devices fitted in 2017/18. In England outside of London, 92% of buses had live ITSO smart-card readers fitted. This figure has increased quickly since 2010/11 when the figure sat at 20%.