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 2014:
- light rail use in England continued to increase, with both passenger journeys and vehicle miles reaching the highest levels recorded in the modern era
- 227 million passenger journeys were made in total on the 8 systems, a 2% increase on the previous year
- almost 60% of passenger journeys were in London, on Docklands Light Railway and Croydon Tramlink - additional services during the 2012 Olympics lead to a rise in passenger journeys on the Docklands Light Railway that has been maintained in the latest year
- revenue per light rail and tram journey continued to increase in real terms, reaching 128 pence per journey