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  • Release date: 16 March 2017
  • Period covered: 2015-16
  • Next update: February 2018
An annual report which includes information on bus services, bus passes, frequency of buses and taxis.

Key points

  • Numbers of bus journeys have fallen consistently both in Wales and the rest of Great Britain over the past few years. This trend continued in Wales in 2015-16 albeit with a smaller decrease than seen in recent years.
  • The local bus industry in Wales employed 4,990 staff with 2,700 vehicles in operation during the 2015-16 financial year.
  • During the year 100.5 million passenger journeys were undertaken on local buses which travelled 103.9 million vehicle kilometres.
  • Bus fares in Wales increased by 0.4 per cent compared with the previous year, but when adjusted for inflation (real terms) a decrease of 1.1 per cent was reported rather than an increase.
  • Of all bus passenger journeys taken in Great Britain, 2.0 per cent of them took place in Wales.
  • In Wales, 5,144 taxis and over 4,146 private hire vehicles were licensed by local authorities. 


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