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.'
* see LGCnetfor 'LIGHT RAIL PASSENGER JOURNEYS: ENGLAND 2000/01'
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. A number of
other schemes are under consideration or are being developed by local