Transport Scotland: Public transport journeys recovering from Covid-19

The Scottish Transport Statistics publication, released this week, shows that the number of journeys being made by public transport in Scotland rose markedly from 294 million in 2021 to 396 million in 2022. This compares to 497 million journeys recorded in 2019, the year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transport and travel habits in Scotland were profoundly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Figures from 2022 show large increases in travel and daily activity, when compared to 2020 and 2021.

The statistics show that there were 301 million bus journeys in 2022, accounting for 76% of all public transport journeys. Bus journeys rose by 29% between 2021 and 2022 but were still down 17% compared to the number of journeys in 2019.

There were 63.7 million passenger journeys on ScotRail services in 2022/23, an increase of 36% compared with 2021/22, but 34% lower than the 96 million passenger journeys in 2019/20.

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