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Table A is based on figures published today by the Department for Transport in Bus and Light Rail Statistics: Q1 2009, and shows the current estimates for bus journeys in England for each financial year since 2000-01.
Over the period covered by the table there were three major changes in the concessionary fares scheme:
June 2001: Statutory minimum bus concessionary fares were introduced in England. Local authorities had to offer a concession of at least half the single fare to women aged 60 and over, and men aged 65 and over.
April 2006: Free concessionary bus travel within the local authority was introduced in England for disabled passengers and those aged 60 or over. Some authorities continued to fund travel into other areas or on other modes of transport in their area at their discretion.
April 2008: Free off-peak local bus travel for older and eligible disabled people was extended nationally in England.
|Table A: Bus journeys—England, 2000-01 to 2008-09|
|Local bus journeys (million)||Year-on-year percentage change|
|(1) Provisional. |
Bus and Light Rail Statistics: Q1 2009