Light rail and tram statistics

Light rail and tram statistics information.

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.

Latest light rail and tram statistics

The latest figures show:

  • in the financial year ending 2015, light rail usage in England continued to rise with record numbers of passenger journeys (239.8 million) and vehicle miles (18.4 million) since comparable records began in 1983
  • since the financial year ending 2005, the first full year when all current systems were in operation, light rail journeys have grown by 51%
  • around 2.7% of all public transport journeys in Great Britain are made on light rail systems

Technical information

The 8 light rail and tram systems covered are:

  • Blackpool Tramway
  • London Tramlink (formerly Croydon Tramlink)
  • Docklands Light Railway
  • Manchester Metrolink
  • Midland Metro
  • Nottingham Express Transit
  • Sheffield Supertram
  • 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. Edinburgh Trams, which became operational on 31 May 2014, is also included for the first time.

Figures relating to the London and Glasgow underground systems and Edinburgh Trams are presented separately in tables LRT9901, LRT9902 and LRT9903. These tables 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.

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 light rail and tram pre-release access list.

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Statistical publications

  1. Light rail and tram statistics: England, year ending March 2015

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Light rail and tram statistics: England, year ending March 2014

    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Light rail and tram statistics: England, year ending March 2013

    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Light rail and tram statistics: England, year ending March 2012

    • Statistics - national statistics

Data tables associated with this series

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set
  4. London and Glasgow underground and Edinburgh trams (LRT99)

    • Statistical data set