Light rail and tram statistics

This series brings together all documents relating to light rail and tram statistics

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DfT 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.

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Latest light rail and tram statistics

The latest figures show:

  • in the financial year ending 2013, there were 222 million passenger journeys on light rail and tram systems in England, the highest annual figure recorded and continuing the upward trend of recent years.
  • since the financial year ending 2005, the first full year when all current systems were in operation, light rail journeys have grown by nearly 60% in London, but remained broadly stable outside London.
  • around 2.5% of all public transport journeys in Great Britain are made on light rail systems.

Bus statistics
Rail statistics

Contact details

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Technical information

The 8 systems covered are Blackpool Tramway, Croydon Tramlink, Docklands Light Railway, Manchester Metrolink, Midland Metro, Nottingham Express Transit, Sheffield Supertram and Tyne and Wear Metro. Underground systems in London and Glasgow, and many other smaller systems such as funiculars, airport transport systems and heritage railways are not included.

Figures relating to the London and Glasgow underground systems are presented separately in tables LRT9901 and LRT9902, and are updated alongside or shortly after the publication of the light rail and tram statistics.

For further information about the systems covered and data sources, please refer to the guidance.

National statistics

All of the statistics published in this series are National Statistics. Light rail and tram statistics was assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as National Statistics in February 2013.

Assessment report
Letter of confirmation

Figures relating to underground systems are outside the scope of National Statistics but are included to provide wider context.

Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list.

Light rail and tram statistics pre-release access list

Publications released during 2013

  1. Light rail and tram statistics: 2012-13

    • 18 June 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2012

  1. Light rail and tram statistics: 2011/12

    • 19 July 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics

Data tables associated with this series

  1. Passenger journeys, vehicle miles and occupancy (LRT01)

    • 18 June 2013
    • Statistical data set
  2. Light rail and tram fleet and infrastructure (LRT02)

    • 18 June 2013
    • Statistical data set
  3. Revenue from light rail and trams (LRT03)

    • 18 June 2013
    • Statistical data set
  4. London and Glasgow underground (LRT99)

    • 18 June 2013
    • Statistical data set

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