Stats charting bus travel in parts of the UK show that it's on the up in our towns and cities, with some urban areas seeing their bus journeys increase by as much as 20 per cent over the last few years.
The government figures show that places like Reading, Milton Keynes and Bristol are all enjoying double digit bus passenger increases, with Bristol storming it with a 19 per cent rise between 2010 and 2016. Reasons for the rise in bus journeys are unknown, although it's thought that better real-time travel information, posh kinds of tickets that don't require the exact change, Wi-Fi and device charging facilities are some of the reasons we're braving having to sit next to other people.
Our in-house political analysts James O'Malley says it might also be down to stalled UK real-terms wage growth, which has been static since 2008 and has made us too poor to use cars or taxis, but surely it's more to do with people wanting a nice, slow form of transport that maximises the amount of time they get to spend on their mobiles, seeing as they work when we're outside now thanks to 3G,4G and onboard Wi-Fi? [Business Green]