Sunday, 22 December 2019

West Midlands Bus Travel Increases

Bus travel in Birmingham is booming - with millions more people using it for local journeys this year.

Some 267.1 million bus trips were taken across the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority in the financial year 2018/19, according to figures released by the Department for Transport this week

That is up from 259.3 million in 2017/18. The huge increase reverses years of decline.

The number of trips had previously dropped for four years in a row from a high of 279.1 million bus trips in 2013/14.

Across England as a whole, use of local bus services fell in 2018/19 to 4.32 billion trips taken during the financial year.

That was down from 4.35 billion in 2017/18, and as many as 4.61 billion at the start of the decade.

London remains responsible for nearly half the local bus journeys taken across the country.

There were 2.20 billion journeys in the capital, down slightly from 2.22 million in 2017/18.

Separate DfT figures show that the bus remains the most important form of public transport for commuters in the West Midlands.

Some six per cent of people usually take the bus to work, compared to three per cent who use rail.

Eight per cent walk and two per cent use the bike - but 90 per cent commute by car.

Across England as a whole only 67 per cent of people use the car to get to work.

That figure is, however, skewed by London: the capital’s layout and efficient public transport options mean only 28 per cent of people there use the car to get to work.