Is the number of people in Peterborough using buses on the decline?

Buses in Peterborough

Its been reported that the amount of people using buses in England each year has fallen to its lowest level in a decade – down to 4.38 billion passenger journeys across the country in 2016/17!

You may have recently read in the local media, that local bus prices recently increased, with the price for a single ticket going up by around 3.5%?

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“Stagecoach buses are hopeless……”

Bus Station

A local resident contacted me about the issue of how long it takes to get into town, by bus, which made me wonder what your thoughts or experiences are?

The resident told me, “The bus takes 20+ minutes to get me to Queensgate. I often can’t spare that long, when the drive is less than 10 mins.”

The irony of course, is that the more cars on the road of Peterborough has a direct effect and negative affect upon the reliability of the buses i.e. when the road are not busy the buses run well.

Another resident of Swale Avenue, also told me Stagecoach buses are hopeless. Every 10 minutes, is more like every 20 at times, especially early evening between 4pm and 6pm. The only buses that run on time are the 10.30pm and 11.30pm buses from the city centre.”

Generally speaking, I find the number 1 and 2 buses pretty good, and while they sometimes may take an extra few minutes to get into the city centre, you do of course have the benefit of being able to switch off and let someone else drive.

That said, maybe we need to be looking at introducing bus lanes, in order to a) make the buses run smoother and b) to encourage people out of their cars?

Plz let me know YOUR thoughts below!