BUS AND COACH SECTOR CONTINUES UPWARD TREND AS UK READIES FOR LONDON 2012







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: July 5, 2012
Categories: General News

  • The overall bus and coach market rose 93.5% to 917 registrations in June, and 62.3% over the half year.
  • The purpose-built bus and coach sector rose 50% in the month and 45.6% in the first six months of 2012.
  • Converted bus registrations were up 197.1% in June and 81.2% for the year-to-date.

United Kingdom Bus Sales

“The UK bus and coach sector saw solid growth in June, up more than90%, as operators pulled forward orders ahead of the London 2012 games,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.

“Despite fragile economic conditions, overall bus and coach registrations have enjoyed nine consecutive months of growth, with registrations rising up 60% in the first half of 2012. While maintaining this momentum will be tough, the tangible benefits provided by the latest technologies entering the market will continue to attract operators seeking to boost the efficiency and affordability of their fleets.”

UK bus and coach registrations: 2012 and % change on 2011

June % change Year-to- date % change Rolling year % change
Purpose-built single-deck buses < 8.5t 5 -61.5% 88 51.7% 110 -27.2%
Purpose-built single-deck buses > 8.5t to 12t 19 5.6% 151 67.8% 291 34.1%
Purpose-built single-deck buses > 12t to 16t 88 41.9% 432 9.9% 845 9.6%
Purpose-built single-deck buses > 16t 31 24.0% 256 116.9% 373 126.1%
Purpose-built double-deck buses 302 88.8% 939 85.9% 1712 83.3%
Purpose-built bus total 445 60.1% 1,866 60.3% 3,331 48.8%
Purpose-built coaches 3.5t to 16t 4 300.0% 38 2.7% 76 -32.1%
Purpose-built single-deck coaches > 16t 51 -3.8% 414 5.1% 692 12.0%
Purpose-built double-deck coaches > 16t 1 -50.0% 21 90.9% 25 47.1%
Purpose-built coach total 56 0.0% 473 7.0% 793 6.2%
Purpose-built bus and coach total 501 50.0% 2,339 45.6% 4,124 38.2%
*Converted: Bus <3.5t 52 36.8% 432 24.1% 639 7.2%
*Converted: Bus 3.5t to 8.5t 364 256.9% 2,131 99.7% 3,146 30.9%
*Converted: Bus >8.5t 0 0 3 200.0% 11 450.0%
*Converted bus total 416 197.1% 2,566 81.2% 3,796 26.5%
*All buses and coaches 917 93.5% 4,905 62.3% 7,920 32.3%

* All vehicle manufacturer-built minibus registrations are included in the converted bus <3.5t category.

** All converted bus volumes are counted in the SMMT van and truck news release. These vehicles are also represented here as they form an important part of the UK bus and coach market.

Big buses +8.5t  and coaches +16t  – rolling year registrations December 2007 to June 2012

The tables and charts below detail annual trends by gross vehicle weight and type for the whole bus and coach market, taking data from the purpose-built and converted sectors.

Annual trends – rolling year totals from December 2007 to May 2012.

United Kingdom Bus Sales 2012