Public Transport: Shropshire

Transport written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the average daily number of people using (a) buses and (b) trains in Shropshire in each of the last five years.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Minister of State (Department for Transport)

For bus usage, data for Shropshire are available from the local government National Indicator Set. The following table shows the figures for Shropshire for the relevant National Indicator (number 177-local bus and light rail passenger journeys originating in the authority area).

Local bus journeys originating in Shropshire, 2004-05 to 2008-09
Total journeys( 1) during year Average journeys( 1) per day( 2)
2004-05 6,458 17.7
2005-06 6,359 17.4
2006-07 6,678 18.3
2007-08 6,723 18.4
2008-09 6,793 18.6
(1) The national indicator definition includes bus and light rail journeys in these totals, although there are presently no light rail systems in Shropshire.

(2) Average journeys per day for all days in the year, including weekends, school holidays and public holidays. The working day average is likely to be higher than shown here.


National Indicator Set

These data are not necessarily consistent with the Department for Transport's published official statistics on bus patronage, and they have not gone through the same reconciliation and consistency checks. Department for Transport bus patronage statistics cannot be released at local authority level, owing to the assurances of commercial confidentiality given to local bus operators.

The Department for Transport does not hold any corresponding data on passenger rail journeys.

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