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Bus operators not to blame for fall in patronage in Scotland, says study

BUSES

05 January 2018
 

Much of the recent decline in Scotland’s bus patronage can be attributed to factors outside operators’ control, including car ownership growth and the rise of home deliveries, according to a new study.

Scottish bus patronage fell from 436 million trips in 2011/12 to 409 million in 2015/16 and the provisional estimate for 2016/17 is 393 million. The decline has been more pronounced in the non-concessionary market and in Strathclyde and South West Scotland.

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