16.2 Million Bus Journeys in Reading Last Year
The number of bus passenger trips in Reading soared by 200,000 last year, bucking the national trend and bringing the total number of bus journeys to 16.2 million.
Figures just published by the Department for Transport show an average of more than 103 bus journeys per person in Reading in 2012/13. It means that, outside of London, Reading is now fourth in the country for the highest number of journeys per head of population. It is also 2.6 times higher than the South East average for population travelling by bus.
The sharp increase in bus use in Reading contrasts with a reported decrease in bus use on average across England.
Reading’s figure of 16.2 million bus passenger journeys is also 125% of the combined bus trips taken in all five other Berkshire local authority areas (see notes to editors).
Reading was one of ten local authority areas in the South East where bus travel is booming. Two of the others were in the two adjoining areas served by Reading Buses, West Berkshire and Wokingham.
In recent weeks passenger numbers on the Purple 17 service - linking Wokingham Road and Tilehurst through the town centre - have grown by a significant 15-20% compared to the same period last year, in response to the introduction of more buses in the evenings and on Sundays.