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Bus use: a complex picture

John Siraut is director of economics at Jacobs. Email: john.siraut@jacobs.com

John Siraut
13 November 2020
 

The poor bus passenger (and they are more likely to be from lower income groups) is often overlooked when it comes to public transport. This is despite the fact that the bus is used far more than trains, metros or trams. In 2019/20 over 4.5 billion bus trips were made in Great Britain, compared to 1.7 billion rail journeys. 

However, bus use has been steadily declining since its peak in the mid-1950s and is now around a third of the level it was then. The Covid-19 pandemic has further...

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