To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the trend in the level of passenger journeys made by bus by people aged (a) 16 and under, (b) 17-20 and (c) 21-29 since 2010.
6 February 2018
The Department for Transport funds the National Travel Survey (NTS), a series of annual household surveys which provide consistent data on personal travel behaviour for all residents of England. The latest year for which data are available is 2016. Estimates for the number of bus trips per person per year by the requested age groups, for the years 2010 to 2016, are given in the table below.
Average number of local and non-local bus trips1, by age group: England, 2010-2016
Trips per person per year
1 'Bus trips' includes local buses in London and elsewhere, and non-local buses, where the bus stage was the longest part of the trip, by distance.
Source: DfT, National Travel Survey
The figures suggest that there has been a fall, in 2016, in the number of bus trips taken by all ages shown. The survey is subject to sampling error, however, so single year on year changes should be interpreted with caution.