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2001-09-17 DTR-001
Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions


Light rail passenger journeys: England 2000/01

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Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

Light rail passenger journeys: England 2000/01

17 Sep 2001 00:00
source Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
type Press release


The number of passenger journeys on light rail systems in England increased by 27% from 93.9 million in 1999/2000 to 119.6 million in 2000/01.

The table below shows trends in patronage (passenger journeys) over the last 6 years:

Passenger journeys (millions)

1995/96 1996/97 1997/98 1998/99 1999/00 2000/01 Docklands 14.0 16.7 21.0 27.6 31.3 38.4 Tyne & Wear 35.8 35.4 35.0 33.8 32.7 32.5 Manchester 13.0 13.4 13.8 13.2 14.2 17.2 Sheffield 5.0 7.8 9.2 10.4 10.9 11.1 Midland 4.8 5.4 Croydon 15.0 TOTAL 67.8 73.3 79.0 85.0 93.9 119.6

Much of the growth in the last 5 years has been in London, with use of the Docklands Light Railway almost tripling since 1995/96. In the last year, growth in DLR patronage has continued, and the Croydon Tramlink came into service, with 15 million passenger journeys in 2000/01.

The 10-Year Plan for Transport published in July 2000 set a target of doubling light rail use by 2010.

There are currently six light rail systems in operation in England:

* Croydon Tramlink, opened in May 2000, covers 28 km on three lines.

* Docklands Light Railway, opened in 1987 and extended to Lewisham in 1999. Has a total route length 27 km.

* Manchester Metrolink, opened in 1992 and recently extended to Salford Quays and Eccles, covers 39 km.

* Midland Metro, opened in May 1999. Runs between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, a route length of 20 km.

* Stagecoach Supertram (Sheffield), opened in 1994, 29km.

* Tyne and Wear Metro, opened in the early 1980s, 59km.

The light rail network is continuing to expand, with a new 14 kilometre system under construction in Nottingham due to open in 2003 and an extension to the Tyne and Wear system due to open in 2002.

Further new systems have been approved in Leeds and Portsmouth, as have extensions in Manchester. Plans for a number of other new systems and extensions to existing ones are being developed.

Notes to editors

1. Figures on light rail patronage are supplied by operators. This bulletin presents the key summary figures. More detailed statistics for individual light rail systems will be published in Transport Statistics Great Britain in October.

2. An accompanying light rail fact sheet also published today provides further information on the various systems in operation and under development.

Public Enquiries: 020 7944 3000 DTLR website: http://www.dtlr.gov.uk

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