How many rail, bus and car journeys and passenger miles are there?

On Thu, 17 May 2018, 1:20 p.m. Dick Daniel, <> wrote:
They say ‘Today, only 5% of journeys are made by bus, with 10% by rail, 1% by air, 1% by bicycle and 83% by car or taxi.
I’ve always understood far more PT journeys are by bus than rail, so I’m not sure of these figures.

From: David Walmsley
Cc: bath-tram-re-introduction <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2018 17:10:39 +0100
Subject: Re: Buses could be history sooner than you think – here’s why – The Conversation

As someone once said, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. The figures they are using are passenger-km, not passenger journeys. Rail journeys are usually much longer than bus journeys, so this inflates the rail share.
The numbers of passenger-km in 2017 (from TSGB 2017, table TSGB0101) were:
Bus  34 billion (4%)
Car  668 billion (83%)
Rail  80 billion (10%)
plus a small number on other modes.
However, public transport passenger journeys were (TSGB0102)
Bus  4.931 billion (59%)
Rail  1.731 billion (21%)
Light rail/tram  0.273 billion (3%)
plus a small number on other modes.
So as Dick said, there are many more bus than rail journeys.
David W