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UK Light Rail figures

The Department of Tranport has released the patronage figures for UK light rail systems upto 2001/2 which shows that 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 (millions)) over the last 7 years and the percentage change over the last year:

 1995/961996/971997/98 1998/991999/002000/012001/02 % 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

It reports that 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.

16 August 2002


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