4 June 2014

Bus journeys increase and punctuality improving

The latest bus travel figures show an increase in people using buses in the city and more services are on time.

Passengers made more than 46 million single bus passenger journeys during 2013-14 and bus patronage increased by 3.6%.

Bus punctuality improved from 88% of buses running on time last year to 89.4% in 2013-14.

Councillor Ian Davey, lead member for transport at Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “We have fantastic bus services in the city and the fact that more people are using them and punctuality is improving shows that it really is a convenient and reliable way to travel.

“The council is pleased to support bus travel in various ways, making it a real and practical alternative to the car which in turn helps reduce congestion.”

The number of bus journeys made in Brighton & Hove has doubled in 20 years, soaring from 22 million in 1992/3 to 46.37 million in 2013/14.

The huge popularity of buses in Brighton & Hove reflects successful partnerships between the council and operators. The latest figures are compiled from all eight bus operators in the city who are part of a partnership with the council to improve services.

Brighton & Hove City Council is spending £1.3 million on supported bus services that provide vital links to outlying areas, especially in the evenings and at weekends.

The council is also improving infrastructure for buses in the city through schemes such as the ‘Better Bus Area’ in Edward Street, new bus lanes in Lewes Road and the Vogue gyratory and is working with Brighton & Hove Bus Company to develop cleaner bus technology to reduce emissions.

For many years the council has also jointly funded the ‘Breeze Up to the Downs’ bus service with the National Trust and South Downs National Park which connect the city to countryside destinations on the South Downs.