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Bus passengers at end of routes waiting longest

Figures also show Scotland delays worse

Bus passengers in Scotland and those waiting at stops towards the end of a long route are getting the poorest bus services, new government figures show.

In 2007, a total of 75% of buses on non-frequent service routes in England were on time compared with a figure of 72% in 2005, the Department for Transport statistics revealed.

But for Scotland the figure for last year was only 73%, although this was an improvement on the 2005 figure of just 66%.

On time?

The statistics also showed that on long routes, 84% of buses were on time at the beginning of the route but only 62% were on time at stops more than one hour from the start of the route.

Passengers on London buses in 2007 enjoyed 78% on-time services, while southern England services on non-frequent routes recorded a figure of 77%.

On frequent services (more than six buses an hour) in Britain last year, passengers had to endure an average delay of 1.29 minutes compared with 1.53 minutes in 2005. These figures exclude London.

Rural areas

Punctuality for frequent services was best in rural areas and worst in conurbations.

As with non-frequent services, the wait was worse for those waiting at the end of a long route, with the average delay at 1.69 minutes for those at stops more than an hour into the route in a frequent-service area.

The percentage of buses that failed to run between 8am and 5.30pm at all bus stops rose from 1.8% in 2005 to 2.4% last year.

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