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.
In the year to March 2013:
- 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 8 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
This data is also available as interactive chart.
Read the technical notes and guidance on light rail and tram statistics.