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Quarterly bus statistics for April to June 2022

Quarterly bus statistics for April to June 2022

13 October 2022 – Quarterly bus figures showing local bus passenger journeys and fares statistics in Great Britain for April to June 2022, have been published on the DfT website.

For the year ending June 2022, the number of local bus passenger journeys in:

  • England was 3.09 billion, a 55% increase
  • London increased by 51%
  • England outside London increased by 59%
Quarterly bus statistics for April to June 2022

Comparing local bus passenger journeys for April to June 2022 to the same period in 2021, we see:

  • a 36% increase in England
  • London increased by 36%
  • England outside London increased by 36%
  • Scotland increased by 44%
  • Wales increased by 32%

The local bus fares index increased by 4.2% in England between June 2021 and June 2022.

For other areas, the local bus fares index change was:

  • 5.9% increase in London
  • 1.1% increase in metropolitan areas
  • 4.2% increase in non-metropolitan areas
  • 1.3% in Scotland
  • no change in Wales

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 4.1% over the same 12-month period.

This publication covers April to June 2022, but makes reference to previous quarters during which there were some restrictions due to coronavirus (Covid-19) in Great Britain.

Read the full document: Quarterly bus statistics: April to June 2022

£130 million to protect bus services across the country

Passenger on bus. Bus service funding

19 August 2022 – Buses across England will benefit from up to £130 million of government support, ensuring services keep running and millions of passengers can continue using affordable transport.

The funding package announced today will cover 6 months from October 2022 to March 2023, and builds on almost 2 years’ worth of unprecedented government support to keep bus networks running.

Passenger on bus. Bus service funding

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This funding will ensure millions across the country can continue to use vital bus services, and brings the total we’ve provided to the sector throughout the pandemic to almost £2 billion.”

The government is also investing £3 billion in bus services by 2025, including over £1 billion to improve fares, services and infrastructure, and a further £525 million for zero emission buses.

Quarterly bus statistics for January to March 2022

Bus passengers

28 June 2022 – Quarterly bus figures showing local bus passenger journeys and fares statistics in Great Britain for January to March 2022, have been published on the DfT website.

For the year ending March 2022, the number of local bus passenger journeys in:

  • England was 2.91 billion, an 85% increase
  • London increased by 76%
  • England outside London increased by 96%
Bus passengers

Comparing local bus passenger journeys for January to March 2022 to January to March 2021, we see:

  • a 106% increase in England
  • London increased by 104%
  • England outside London increased by 109%
  • Scotland increased by 95%
  • Wales increased by 97%

The local bus fares index increased by 3.6% in England between March 2021 and March 2022. For other areas, the local bus fares index change was a:

  • 5.9% increase in London
  • 0.8% increase in metropolitan areas
  • 2.5% increase in non-metropolitan areas
  • no change in Scotland
  • no change in Wales

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) increased by 5.0% over the same 12-month period.

This publication covers data for the year ending March 2022, which coincides with the application of movement restrictions due to COVID-19 in Great Britain.

Read the full document: Quarterly bus statistics: January to March 2022

David Brown joins the Board of EPM Transport Solutions

EPM Transport Solutions, David Brown

20 April 2022 – EPM Transport Solutions announces David Brown has joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director.

With 40 years of his career spent working in the passenger transport sector, David brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to EPM Transport Solutions. Most recently David was CEO at The Go-Ahead Group retiring in the autumn of 2021 after 10 years leading the business.

EPM Transport Solutions, David Brown

As Non-Executive Director, David will be supporting the strategic development of the Group. He will be working with the Executive Team to identify opportunities for new solutions to address emerging challenges across the transport sector.

Ian Churchill, Chief Executive at EPM Transport Solutions, said: “I am excited that David has agreed to join the team. With his wealth of experience of the passenger transport sector, he will be invaluable in developing our portfolio of businesses to achieve our growth plans. His passion for innovation and transport is a natural fit with our organisation and I look forward to working together.”

David Brown commented: “I am delighted to have joined EPM Transport Solutions at this exciting point in the development of the business. The Group has developed an extensive portfolio of solutions which underpin the delivery of transport services on a daily basis. I am looking forward to working with Ian and the team in the development of solutions to further assist the industry in the delivery of high-quality services.”

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Note to editors:

EPM Transport Solutions, formed in 1986, provides software to help passenger transport operators and transport authorities reduce operational costs, improve financial performance and better serve their customers. In addition, EPM is the UK’s leading BSOG auditor and concessionary reimbursement consultancy.

EPM Transport Solutions trades as EPM Bus Solutions, Omnibus Solutions and 3Squared.

EPM Bus Solutions: https://www.epm-bus.com/

Omnibus Solutions: https://omnibus.solutions/

3Squared: https://3squared.com/

Press contact:
Harminder Sangha
Harminder.sangha@epm-bus.com
07538 935 568

Quarterly bus statistics for October to December 2021

bus statistics

30 March 2022 – Quarterly bus figures showing local bus passenger journeys in England for October to December 2021, have been published on the DfT website.

The statistics show 2.45 billion passenger journeys during the three-month period, a 15% increase when compared with the previous year.

bus statistics

Bus travel outside London increased by 0.17 billion (17%) compared with the previous year, to 1.16 billion, whilst bus use in London increased by 0.16 billion passenger journeys (15%) to 1.29 billion.

When comparing October to December 2021 with the corresponding 3 months of 2020, bus use in London increased by 48%. Bus use in England outside London increased by 59% compared with the same quarter in 2020.

This publication covers October to December 2021, which coincides with the application of movement restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Great Britain.

Read the full document: Quarterly bus statistics: October to December 2021

Over £150m support for bus and light rail services

bus operator support

1 March 2022 – The Government will provide over £150 million as a final Covid-19 support package to help local transport authorities and bus operators run services.

The funding announced today builds on almost 2 years’ worth of unprecedented government support to keep local bus and light rail networks running, with around £2 billion made available to over 160 operators during the pandemic.

bus operator support

This represents the final tranche of pandemic-related support to operators and will run for 6 months until October 2022.

Not only will this new funding support operators and authorities as they adapt to changing travel patterns – it will also help the continued delivery of enhanced partnerships, with local authorities working closely with bus companies to draw on their operating knowledge and marketing skills.

Additionally, it will support local authorities and operators across England as they continue working on bus service improvement plans (BSIPs) and delivering substantive improvements to local services.

This additional package will help millions of passengers get around as they return to the network.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “The funding I’ve announced today will ensure millions of us can continue to use vital public transport services and brings the total we’ve provided to the sector to keep services running throughout the pandemic to over £2 billion. Not only that – as we look ahead and continue our work to overhaul services and build back better from the pandemic, this funding will also help authorities and operators work together to provide even better services for people right across the country.

“The government is investing over £3 billion in bus services by 2025, including £1.2 billion to improve fares, services and infrastructure, and a further £525 million for zero emission buses.”

Roads minister Baroness Vere said: “Millions of people rely on buses and trams to get them to work, school and the shops, which is why we have already provided billions of pounds of support for the sector throughout the pandemic. This latest funding builds on that support and will help keep services running as we emerge from Covid-19 and ensure networks meet passenger demand.”

Graham Vidler, Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), said: “This welcome funding will help operators have the certainty they need to run an extensive network of services over the coming months as we all adjust to life after the pandemic.

“In the longer term, the bus network will need to adapt to meet passengers’ new travel patterns. Over the coming months, operators will be working closely with local authorities to plan future bus networks and introduce plans to grow passenger numbers. To aid these local efforts we look forward to working with the government to loudly promote bus travel.”

This funding is dependent on local areas and operators co-designing a financially sustainable and passenger-focused public transport network, that works for changing travel patterns post-pandemic.

Quarterly bus statistics for July to September 2021

Quarterly bus statistics for July to September 2021

14 December 2021 – Quarterly bus figures showing local bus passenger journeys and fares statistics in Great Britain for July to September 2021, have been published on the DfT website.

For the year ending September 2021, the number of local bus passenger journeys in:

  • England was 2.21 billion, a 17% decrease
  • London decreased by 14%
  • England outside London decreased by 20%
Quarterly bus statistics for July to September 2021

When comparing local bus passenger journeys for July to September 2021 to July to September 2020, we see:

  • a 47% increase in England
  • London increased by 47%
  • England outside London increased by 47%
  • Scotland increased by 54%
  • Wales increased by 86%

This publication covers data for the year ending September 2021, which coincides with the application of movement restrictions due to COVID-19 in Great Britain.

Read the full document: Quarterly bus statistics: July to September 2021

Employee Spotlight – Peter Crichton, Omnibus Founder

Peter Crichton, founder of Omnibus, employee spotlight

In our employee spotlight, we sit down with Peter Crichton who founded Omnibus in 1989 with the aim of helping schedulers easily produce efficient and workable schedules which over 30 years on is still the case.

Peter started his career as a trainee scheduler at Greater Manchester Transport, and has 40 years’ experience in the passenger transport sector.

Peter Crichton Managing Director at Omnibus

Name three words you would use to describe your role.

Inspire, motivate, passionate

Where did you work prior to setting up Omnibus?

I was the traffic manager at Shearings responsible for their bus operations until I was made redundant in 1990. I started my bus industry career on 16th October 1978 as a trainee scheduler with Greater Manchester PTE on the same day John Paul II was elected Pope.

What is your biggest achievement to date?

Setting up Omnibus and for over 30 years helping to make a scheduler’s workload easier and the bus industry more efficient.

Are you working on any interesting projects at the moment?

Looking at potential new markets and cloud development.

Do you have a favourite film?

One of my favourite films is Topsy Turvy, a Mike Leigh film about the story of how the operetta The Mikado came about. Besides being about Gilbert and Sullivan it is a great period drama.

I also like sci-fi films especially if they have good sound effects much to the annoyance of my partner Sally!

If you could do a challenge, what would that be?

People like to do Route 66, but I want to do the Australian equivalent and travel from coast to coast across Australia in a car and/or on a train.

What’s your favourite album?

My music taste is varied; I can be listening to Gilbert and Sullivan one minute, the Houghton Weavers the next and then Meat Loaf, so choosing just one favourite album isn’t as simple as it sounds.

What’s the best and worst things you’ve eaten?

I love a variety of foods – Italian, Indian, Thai; I’ll try anything. As for the worst things I’ve eaten, there’s very few things I don’t like, though in Hong Kong I did find a Chinese meal there which was a little different from the one’s at home.

Favourite holiday destination?

Australia, that’s definite. My favourite city is Melbourne; it has a great traditional tram network and my aunty emigrated there in the 1960s so, for me, there’s a personal connection with that area.

Do you have any hobbies you like to do outside of work?

I have a keen interest in buses and trains. I own two buses, Manchester Leyland Titan 3706 and London Routemaster RM 1152 and I am currently building an O Gauge layout in my shed.

I also sing and perform mainly the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with my partner Sally. I have been fortunate enough to play the parts I’ve always wanted to play, including performing and producing at the Buxton Opera House during the annual Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

What’s a secret talent that no one knows about?

Singing because not many people know about it (unless they’re reading this). In fact, one of the career options I was considering when leaving school was to join the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?

Cooking, and I’m already working on this. I’ve always wanted to do a curry from scratch, not from a jar or packet, I made one and it tasted okay and everyone survived!

How do you think the industry will change in 10 years?

The move away from deregulation is already happening, just look at Greater Manchester. The challenges this raises is where will that be in different areas of the country and how that will impact on the industry.

Another change coming in is the move over to electric vehicles. Although a positive step to tackle high-emissions and pollution, it does raise a few challenges, in particular the lack of charging infrastructure.

What’s the best advice you can give to someone who’s just started their career?

Do what you enjoy and make sure you are passionate about it.

Annual bus statistics for the year ending March 2021

annual bus statistics

3 November 2021 – Local bus statistics in Great Britain, including passengers, mileage and vehicle fleet, for the year ending March 2021 have been published on the DfT website.

The summary relates only to England to match the coverage of the Department for Transport (DfT) bus policy, but the tables also cover Scotland and Wales.

annual bus statistics

The number of local bus passenger journeys in England fell by 2.5 billion or 61% to 1.57 billion in the year ending March 2021. The fall can largely be attributed to nationwide movement restrictions introduced throughout 2020/21 in response to the coronavirus pandemic

Read the full document: Annual Bus Statistics: Year Ending March 2021

EPM Group, Omnibus’ parent company, completes 3Squared acquisition

EPM Group, Omnibus’ parent company, completes 3Squared acquisition

21 October 2021 – EPM Group, Omnibus’ parent company, has today, with the support of Literacy Capital, completed the acquisition of one of the UK’s leading transport software businesses, 3Squared Ltd.

The strategic acquisition sees EPM further strengthen its capability in providing high quality software solutions across the transport sector, focussed on improving operational and commercial performance.

EPM Group, Omnibus’ parent company, completes 3Squared acquisition

3Squared is a Queen’s Award-winning digital solutions provider to the rail industry with a mission to enable the transportation sector to become safer, greener and more efficient through digitalisation.

Its flagship RailSmart suite of software applications continues to positively disrupt the rail sector as more passenger, freight operating companies, and suppliers to the rail industry use the software to increase productivity whilst reducing risk and cost.

EPM, formed in 1986, provides software to help bus operators and transport authorities reduce operational costs, improve financial performance and better serve their customers. In addition, EPM is the UK’s leading BSOG auditor and concessionary reimbursement consultancy.

Ian Churchill, CEO at EPM, said: “The acquisition of 3Squared will support our focus on integrated transport whilst diversifying our activities into the rail sector. We are excited by the opportunity this brings to deliver new solutions to common challenges across the bus and rail sectors.”

Tim Jones and James Fox, co-founders of 3Squared, said: “We are incredibly proud of the achievements of 3Squared over the last two decades. With the support of EPM, we are now ideally placed to accelerate our growth and further cement our position as a leading provider of integrated transportation solutions.  We are looking forward to working with the EPM team on this exciting next chapter.”

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EPM: https://www.epm-bus.com/

3Squared: https://3squared.com/

EPM Group Press Contact:
Harminder Sangha
Harminder.sangha@epm-bus.com
07538 935 568