Statistics on light rail and tram systems in England are collected to inform the development and monitoring of light rail policy. Figures are updated annually and present information on usage, infrastructure and revenue for the 8 systems which are urban and primarily surface-running.
Latest light rail and tram statistics
In the financial year ending March 2018, the latest figures show:
passenger journeys decreased by 0.2% to 267.2 million
passenger journeys on Blackpool Tramway, Manchester Metrolink and Nottingham Express Transit continued to increase when compared with year ending March 2017
over half (56%) of passenger journeys were in London on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and London Tramlink
Docklands Light Railway formed 45% of the total number of passenger journeys in England
The 8 light rail and tram systems covered are:
London Tramlink (formerly Croydon Tramlink)
Docklands Light Railway
Nottingham Express Transit
Tyne and Wear Metro
Underground systems in London and Glasgow, Edinburgh Trams and many other smaller systems such as funiculars, airport transport systems and heritage railways are not included in the statistical release.
Figures relating to the London and Glasgow Underground systems and Edinburgh Trams are presented separately in table LRT9901, LRT9902 and LRT9903. These tables are updated alongside or shortly after the publication of the light rail and tram statistics.
Figures relating to profiles of users of light rail and tram systems as collected by the National Travel Survey are presented separately in table LRT0401.
For further information about the systems covered and data sources, please refer to the guidance.