Bus Services: Fares

Department for Transport written question – answered on 18th January 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Labour, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the change in the level of bus fares across England since 2010.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

The Department publishes a quarterly index of local bus fares from 2005 onwards.

The information can be found in the table at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/bus04-costs-fares-and-revenue#table-bus0415

In the 8 years between March 2010 and March 2018, bus fares in England increased by 11.9% in real terms (adjusted for inflation using CPI). By comparison, in the 5 years between March 2005 to March 2010, bus fares in England increased by 12.7% in real terms (adjusted for inflation using CPI).

The bus market outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding setting the level of fares, is primarily a commercial matter for bus operators.

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