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The number of passenger journeys on light rail systems in England ...
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


The table below shows trends in patronage (passenger journeys) over

the last six 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


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.



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.

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