The latest statistics from the Department for Transport indicate that while more people are using buses on a national level bus usage has fallen in the south east in the last year.
The number of local bus passenger journeys in England increased by 3% in 2002/03 to 3,897 million, up from 3,798 million the previous year.
However there is some variation in bus usage across the regions of England. Interestingly, the biggest fall in usage is in the south east (3% drop). There were small falls in the North East (2%), West Midlands (2%) and the East of England (2%). The areas were small rises were recorded were the North West (1%), Yorkshire & the Humber (2%) and the East Midlands (1%). There was no change in the South West.
Standing bus passengers gave low satisfaction ratings. Respondents gave higher ratings if there was a bus shelter, for the provision of information and personal security. Younger people and those travelling to work or education were less satisfied than passengers who were older, those using buses for shopping, personal business or leisure. Frequent (daily) bus users were slightly less satisfied than those who used buses less frequently.
In Brighton & Hove bus usage has increased by an average of 5% p.a. every year for the past decade.
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