High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Friday, September 23, 2011
Availability of Bus Services
The Scottish Household Survey asks householders about the distance to the nearest bus stop, or place where one can get a bus, and the frequency of service there. In 2010, 55 per cent of householders said that they were within three minutes walk of a bus stop, 30 per cent that they were within 4-6 minutes walk, 9 per cent within 7-13 minutes walk, 3 per cent said 14 or more minutes, 1 per cent did not know how long it would take to walk to the nearest bus stop, and 1 per cent said that they did not have a bus service.
The chart shows that there were some considerable differences between urban and rural areas: as would be expected, a lower proportion of the population in rural areas lived within a short walk of a bus stop, and a higher percentage of the householders in some of the most remote areas said that they had no bus service.
The householder is also asked about the frequency of service at the nearest stop. 23 per cent did not know what it was, 24 per cent said that there was at least one bus every 13 minutes, 27 per cent said one every 14-26 minutes, 27 per cent said one every 27-63 minutes, and 4 per cent said one every 64 minutes or more. In general, bus services were much less frequent in small towns and rural areas. For example, less than 6 per cent of householders in remote small towns and rural areas said they had at least one bus every 13 minutes, compared with 44 per cent in large urban areas and 19 per cent in other urban areas.
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Sources: Scottish Transport Statistics