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Capital’s bus patronage to fall further as operating costs jump

LONDON

Andrew Forster
12 April 2019
Buses: rising costs, falling patronage
Buses: rising costs, falling patronage

 

Transport for London expects the capital’s bus patronage to fall 2.6 per cent this year as the bus operating subsidy rises 12.8 per cent to a record £722m.  

TfL’s central budget forecast is for 2.155 billion bus passenger journeys in 2019/20, down from a forecast 2.213 billion in 2018/19. 

This would continue the steady decline seen in recent years: patronage fell from 2.314 billion in 2015/16 to 2.262 billion in 2016/17, and to 2.247 billion in 2017/18.

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