York bucks bus trend
York is bucking the trend, with the city recording an increasing number of bus passengers following improvements to its network. The figures released by the DfT show that from April 2014 to March 2015 over 16.2m journeys were made on York’s bus network, an increase of 4% from 15.6m journeys in the same period a year earlier. The increase equates to 11,500 additional bus journeys per week, which is thought to have removed around 350 car journeys from the road network on a typical weekday. This is expected to help reduce C02 emissions in York by approximately three tonnes a month.
Passenger data from First York shows an overall increase in customers by 5% over the same period. The company serves 12m customers a year, over 4m of which are on the Park&Ride journeys provided in partnership with City of York Council. It has seen significant growth in the young persons market following price cuts in 2014. Bus punctuality has also increased, with 87% of ‘infrequent’ (less than every 15 minute) bus services being on time, up from the 47% on time in 2007-2008.