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Keeble welcomes 27 per cent rise in tram usage


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Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

Keeble welcomes 27 per cent rise in tram usage
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2001-09-17 Light rail passenger journeys: England 2000/01 (Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions)

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



The number of passenger journeys on trams has risen by 27 per cent in the past year, Transport Minister Sally Keeble announced today.

Ms Keeble said:

''I am delighted by today''s figures, which show a large increase in the number of journeys on light rail systems. This is further evidence of how successful light rail has been in appealing to users, by providing a modern, attractive, fast alternative to the car. Trams can play a key role in reducing congestion, which is shown in that around 20 per cent of light rail passengers previously travelled by car. In addition to raising the standards of service and quality of public transport, they also help improve the urban environment and contribute to urban regeneration.

This is why we have set ourselves the target of doubling the use of light rail by 2010, and are providing funding for up to 25 new lines over that period. New lines are being built in Sunderland and Nottingham which will be opening in 2002 and 2003, and we have approved a further seven lines in Leeds, Manchester and South Hampshire. I am confident that we shall see usage continue to increase over the coming years.

Light rail systems are an excellent illustration of effective collaboration between the public and private sectors in the delivery of improved public transport, which is at the heart of our 10 Year Plan. I congratulate the local authorities which have had the vision to promote these schemes.''

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The figures relate to light rail use in 2000-01, and are contained in statistical release[add reference].

2. The Government''s 10 Year Plan includes a target of doubling light rail use in England (measured by the number of passenger journeys) by 2010 from 2000 levels. It provides funding for up to 25 new lines in cities and conurbations around the country.

3. Ministers approved new systems in Leeds (3 lines) and South Hampshire earlier this year (news release 191, 28 March). A number of other schemes are under consideration or are being developed by local authorities.


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