Bus Services: Disability

Department for Transport written question – answered on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of buses are low-floor buses; and what change in bus usage there has been as a result of introducing low-floor buses.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The proportion of buses run with an accessibility certificate or low floor access is published in table BUS0603, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/463858/bus0603.xls

The latest statistics show that, as at 31 March 2015, 96% of buses run by local bus operators in England have an accessibility certificate or low floor access, compared to 81% in 2009/10.

We have not assessed what change in bus use there has been as a result of the introduction of low floor buses. Changes in patronage may be influenced by a number of factors, including availability, cost and performance as well as factors such as accessibility.

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