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Light rail and tram statistics: England, year ending March 2012

Light rail and tram systems statistics in England, including passenger journeys, vehicle miles and infrastructure.

Documents

Light rail and tram statistics: 2011 to 2012 report

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Light rail and tram statistics: 2011 to 2012 data tables (XLS)

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Light rail and tram statistics: 2011 to 2012 data tables (CSV)

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Detail

This statistical release presents information on light rail and tram systems in England during 2011/12. It covers urban systems that are predominantly surface-running.

Update 16 August 2012: the figures in table LRT0103, LRT0104, LRT0107 and LRT0108 were updated following corrections to the passenger kilometres figure supplied for Manchester Metrolink.

In the year to March 2012:

  • there were 204 million passenger journeys on light rail and tram systems in England, the highest annual figure recorded and continuing the upward trend of recent years
  • the overall increase in journeys has been driven by strong growth in London (Docklands Light Railway and Croydon Tramlink) of nearly 60% since 2004/05, with growth of 8% between 2010/11 and 2011/12
  • patronage outside London has been broadly stable since 2004/05 - between 2010/11 and 2011/12, there was overall reduction in journeys of 1%, with growth on the expanding Manchester Metrolink offset by falls in other areas
  • there were 14.5 million vehicle miles run on light rail and tram systems in England, an increase of 4% from the previous year, with growth of 8% overall since 2004/05

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