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Light rail passenger journeys: England 2001/02


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Department for Transport

Light rail passenger journeys: England 2001/02
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date
15 Aug 2002 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release



The number of passenger journeys on light rail systems in England increased by 6 per cent, from 119.6 million in 2000/01 to 127.3 million in 2001/02.

The table below shows trends in patronage (passenger journeys) over the last 7 years and the percentage change over the last year:

Passenger journeys (millions)

1995/96 1996/97 1997/98 1998/99 1999/00 2000/01 2001/02 % change

Docklands
14.0 16.7 21.0 27.6 31.3 38.4 41.3 7.6

Tyne & Wear
35.8 35.4 35.0 33.8 32.7 32.5 33.4 2.8

Manchester
13.0 13.4 13.8 13.2 14.2 17.2 18.2 5.8

Sheffield
5.0 7.8 9.2 10.4 10.9 11.1 11.4 2.7

Midland
4.8 5.4 4.8 -11.1

Croydon
15.0 18.2 21.3

TOTAL
67.8 73.3 79.0 85.0 93.9 119.6 127.3 6.4

Much of the growth in the last 6 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 continued, and the Croydon Tramlink increased patronage in its first full year of service, having opened in May 2000.

The 10-Year Plan for Transport published in July 2000 set a target of doubling light rail use by 2010, from a baseline of 119.6 million passenger journeys in 2000/01.

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 was extended to Eccles in July 2000, 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 and extended in March this year to Sunderland, now covers 77km.

The light rail network is continuing to expand, with a new 14 kilometre system under construction in Nottingham due to open in November 2003.

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.

3. Following the 2002 spending review, the Department's PSA on local transport has combined the previous targets for bus and light rail patronage and is now: 'an increase in use of more than 12 per cent by 2010 compared with 2000 levels'.

Press Enquires: 020 7944 3066
E-mail: press@dft.gov.uk
Public Enquiries: 020 7944 3000
Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk



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