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  • Release date: 22 February 2018
  • Period covered: 2016-17
An annual report which includes information on bus services, bus passes, frequency of buses and taxis.

100.3 million kilometres travelled in Wales. Subsidised services: 21.1 %. Commercial services: 78.9 %.Source: Welsh Government analysis of the DfT Public Service Vehicle Survey

Key points

There have been decreases in the number of people employed and the number of vehicles in operation in the local bus industry in Wales in 2016/17 compared with the previous year.

In 2016/17 the local bus industry in Wales employed 4,592 staff and had 2,360 vehicles in operation as of 31 March 2017. When compared to 2015/16, the numbers employed decreased by 8.2 per cent and the numbers of vehicles decreased by 13.0 per cent.

There have been decreases in the number of passenger journeys and vehicle kilometres travelled on the local bus services in Wales in 2016/17 compared with the previous year.

During the year 99.6 million passenger journeys were undertaken on local buses which travelled 100.3 million vehicle kilometres. Of these journeys commercial services accounted for 78.9 per cent and subsidised services accounted for 21.1 per cent. When compared to 2015/16, passenger journeys and vehicle kilometres travelled have decreased by 0.7 and 4.3 per cent respectively.

In 2016/17, bus fares in Wales have increased by 0.5 per cent in Wales when compared to the previous year.

When this figure is adjusted for inflation, compared with the general increase in consumer prices (as measured by the Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs - CPIH), bus fares increased by 2.3 per cent.

Taxi registrations have decreased (1.1 per cent) whereas private hire vehicles have increased (15.1 per cent) in 2017, when compared to 2015.

In Wales, 5,085 taxis and over 4,770 private hire vehicles were licensed as of March 2017.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 6960
Email: stats.transport@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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