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« on: July 06, 2018, 06:47:15 pm »

Some interesting tables ... with updates due later this month.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/nts06-age-gender-and-modal-breakdown#table-nts0604

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2018, 07:01:06 pm »

And at the opposite end in terms of age, what mode children use to get to school

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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2018, 01:41:06 pm »

Presumably at some stage these figures should be affected by th decline in bus services mentioned elsewhere.

It presumably won't include accurate figures from local passenger transport authorities like Hampshire County Council whose definition of eligibility are different to Reading's:

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Who can apply
        Women at pensionable age
        Men at the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/trafficandtravel/publictransport/buspasses/olderpersonsbuspass

I would probably still be waiting.
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2018, 02:35:43 pm »

Presumably at some stage these figures should be affected by th decline in bus services mentioned elsewhere.

It presumably won't include accurate figures from local passenger transport authorities like Hampshire County Council ...

I think the figures are genuinely over 60s.

I notice a rise from 16% to 20% (that's a rise of a quarter) in the most frequent bus use category from 2003 to 2008, followed by a drop back by the same amount to 2016.   And a drop from 47% to 39% of those who never use the but (that's about a fifth) from 2003 to 2008, again followed by a reversal from 2008 to 2016.

Why the drop in bus use by the over 60s in the latter part of the days?
- Fewer bus services available
- ENCTS bus passes moving up from a starting age of 60 to 66
- Compounded by some significant rises in bus ticket costs
Could also be more people still driving, more community buses, home shopping and delivery / on line ordering reducing the need to travel.

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