CPT reacts to annual bus statistics 28/10/2020

Responding to the publication of the annual bus statistics through to March 2020. CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:

“This drop in passenger numbers reflects that in the weeks before lockdown we had already begun to see people deciding to travel less as a result of Covid-19. Following the stay at home message we also saw bus passenger numbers drop to 10% of normal in a matter of days.

 “Bus passengers are almost twice as likely to have returned as passengers using other public transport, reflecting its importance in delivering the green recovery the Prime Minister has pledged, as people return to work and visit shops and leisure attractions. To ensure we don’t lock in the increase in car use we have seen during the pandemic we need both the Spending Review and National Bus Strategy to prioritise measures that focus on getting people back onto the bus. This must include speeding up journey times and giving local authorities and operators the tools to deliver the services passengers need as we exit the pandemic and beyond.”

You can read the statistics in full here