An annual report which includes information on bus services, bus passes, frequency of buses and taxis.

Vehicle kilometres travelled on buses and coaches in Wales in 2016/17. 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% and the numbers of vehicles decreased by 13.0%.

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% and subsidised services accounted for 21.1%. When compared to 2015/16, passenger journeys and vehicle kilometres travelled have decreased by 0.7 and 4.3% respectively.

Bus fares in Wales increased from 2016 to 2017.

Bus fares in Wales increased by 0.5% from 2016 to 2017, which is lower than the general increase in consumer prices (as measured by the Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs - CPIH), over the same period. (r)

(r) 26 February 2018: Text changes only, no data has been amended.

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

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

Reports

Public service vehicles, April 2016 to March 2017
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