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26.9.14

PASSENGERS TRANSPORT INDUSTRY * UK:

* England - Buses as popular today as in 1980s

(Photo: STILL - The growth in passenger numbers could be down to economic factors, low fare rises or milder weather last winter)
London,EN,UK -The Telegraph, by Nick Collins -23 Sep 2014: -- Buses are more fashionable today than at any time since the mid-1980s after a surge in people returning to work boosted journey numbers by almost 100 million a year. Passengers in England made 4.7 billion trips by bus in the 12 months to March, the highest total in three decades, according to Government figures released on Tuesday... In a change from previous years the growth in bus travel was driven not by older people but by fare paying passengers, suggesting a boom in popularity among working people. Passenger numbers outside the capital increased by 1.5 per cent, the first rise since national free bus travel for older people was introduced in 2008/09, while journeys in London increased by three per cent... The number of journeys taken in the capital each year has now doubled since the mid-1980s, but this boom has so far been tempered by declining usage across the rest of the country due to rising car ownership...

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