A report released yesterday (https://www.transport-network.co.uk/New-bus-fall-shows-slow-death-of-local-buses/15101) shows that the number of people using buses in England fell again in the last financial year in the face of real-terms fare increases and cuts to local routes.
The latest statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that the number of local bus passenger journeys in England fell 1.4% to 4.38 billion in the year ending March 2018, compared with 2016/17.
So, how does Worcestershire fare in comparison? It looks like we are far, far worse!
Last year bus journey numbers in Worcestershire fell from 12.8 million to 11.3 million, a fall of 11.7%. This, unfortunately, is just following the trend since 2011. In 2010/2011 there were 17.4 million passenger journeys, which means that there has been a fall of 35% from 2010/2011 to 2016/2017. This is a huge amount.
Over this period we have seen massive cuts to the bus subsidies from the county council, we have seen fare increases, we have seen reductions in and the loss of many bus services, including the park and ride in Worcester. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the number of journeys has fallen so far.
So, how are all these people that used to travel by bus getting around the county? They are clearly not all cycling! The answer is, they are driving and creating more congestion in places like Worcester.