The latest national statistics have revealed that local bus usage in the UK has dropped by 43 million passenger journeys from 5,188 passenger journeys in 2014 to 5,080 in 2015.

This represents a 2% drop in numbers. The drop in local bus journeys comes across from all areas in the country. Wales saw the largest proportional drop of 4.8% (103m to 98m). Scotland had a drop of 2.5%, losing 10 million journeys. London dropped by 2.2% losing 52.6m.

Meanwhile passenger journeys for trains have been increasing. The office of rail and road has reported a 0.8% increase in passenger numbers and a 0.9% increase in passenger kilometres for oct-dec 2015 compared to the same period last year.

The opening of a new rail line linking Oxford to London in Oct 2015 has also contributed to a 10.9% growth in passenger train kilometres for the train company Chiltern2.