Bus patronage in Britain predictably plummeted in the early days of 2021 after strengthened movement restrictions were introduced. But it has not plumbed the depths seen in the earlier stages of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, according to figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).Outside London, on the year’s first working day – Monday 4 January – buses carried 29% of the passenger volume recorded in the third week of January 2020, which DfT uses as a reference. That figure dropped to 24% by Wednesday 6 January. It rallied slightly to 26% on Monday 11 January, the most recent day for which data is available.Weekend ridership is at similar levels. Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 January saw 25% and 31% respectively, declining to 23% and 25% respectively seven days later. In London, usage figures have hovered in the mid- to low-30% area, bottoming out thus far for 2021 on Friday 8 January with 31%.Outside the capital, the last full working week of December saw patronage peak at 58% on Tuesday 15 December 2020. That return has been bettered on only 10 days since 18 March 2020.Bus patronage in London for the early part of January 2020 was ahead of that in the remainder of Britain, but it is still much lower than late 2020January’s decline in bus patronage has undone most of the good work done by operators during the second half of 2020.But the figures for early 2021 thus far are stronger than those seen during the first period of movement restrictions in the early months of that year.Outside London during that period, bus use was at 20% or below for 81 of 82 consecutive days from 24 March to 13 June 2020. No data was recorded on 8 May 2020. Patronage bottomed out at 10% on four of those days.Despite the low figures in the early days of 2021, bus patronage both within and outside London as a percentage of previous figures is ahead of other public transport modes. Neither national rail nor London Underground services have exceeded usage of 20% since 29 December 2020, although differing methodology is used in both those instances. In the former case, some returns are provisional.
8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho celebrated his team’s victory over rivals Arsenal by visiting his close female pal.The Special One went to the £1.5million home of blonde Prue Carter-Robinson.Jose wore a mask, sunglasses and cap when visiting his good friend Prue Carter-RobinsonMarried Jose wore a mask, sunglasses and a cap — and was also spotted with an official Gunners shirt stuffed into a bag.An onlooker said: “He was still in the same clothes he had been wearing during the game.“He had a very expensive wristwatch on. Jose arrived in an Audi 4×4 and went straight inside.”Tottenham beat their North London rivals Arsenal 2-1 at home in the Premier League last Sunday.In 2018, The Sun on Sunday revealed how Jose, 57, had struck up a close friendship with Prue, 43 — a single mum of one.The pair met around a decade ago and in March last year enjoyed a sunshine break in Qatar.Jose was in the middle eastern state for a £100,000 TV job.The pair met around a decade ago and in March last year enjoyed a sunshine break in QatarThey were spotted sunbathing at the five-star Four Seasons hotel alongside his long-time assistant Ricardo Formosinho. Former IBM worker Prue drives a £60,000 Mercedes and boasts a Chanel handbag and Rolex watch.Mourinho — who received a reported £15million pay-off after his sacking from Manchester United in 2018 — has previously spoken about his marriage.He met Matilde, nicknamed Tami, when he was 17 and she 15, and often credits her for his achievements. They had their 30th wedding anniversary last year.In December 2016 he flew to Tami twice in 24 hours as she recovered from emergency surgery in Lisbon. Reports at the time said she had suffered complications from an earlier op.Jose has said that the “most important thing in my life is my family and being a good father”.The football manager met wife Matilde, nicknamed Tami, when he was 17 and she 15Credit: Nikki Houghton/ [email protected] onlooker said Jose ‘was still in the same clothes he had been wearing during the game’ on SundayCredit: PA:Press AssociationThe couple have two grown-up children and a £5million home in Belgravia, central London.In 2007, it was reported that Mourinho had an affair six years earlier with boutique owner Elsa Sousa, while manager of Portuguese side Uniao de Leiria.She told a newspaper: “He told me he was separated from his wife because he was not happy.”José Mourinho walks out of technical difficulty hit press conference after disappointing goalless draw vs BournemouthGOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected] Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Omg this is awesome 🙂 People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Football player touch female referee s breast! 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uk