Statistics - national statistics

Light rail and tram statistics: 2012-13

This release presents information on light rail and tram systems in England for 2012/13. It covers mainly surface-running urban systems.

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Light rail and tram statistics: 2012-13

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Light rail and tram statistics 2012-13 and XLS tables

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Detail

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.

Key points

  • Light rail use in England continued to increase in 2012/13, with both passenger journeys and vehicle miles reaching the highest levels recorded in the modern era
  • 222 million passenger journeys were made in total on the eight systems, 18 million (9%) more than during the previous year.
  • Overall, growth in passenger journeys largely mirrored increased vehicle miles in 2012/13, with more services run in Docklands, Manchester and Blackpool contributing to 11% annual growth in mileage operated, the greatest single year rise since the most recent new system was opened in Nottingham in 2004.
  • Revenue per light rail and tram journey continued to increase in real terms, reaching 121 pence per journey in 2012/13. There was an increase in revenue per journey of 5.9 pence (5.1%) at current prices between 2011/12 and 2012/13.

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Technical information

Information on light rail and tram statistics, including the pre-release access list, and related technical documentation can be found here.

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