Trams grow modal share

The eight light rail systems in England now account for nearly 3% of all public transport journeys  in Great Britain.

For the year ended 31 March 2016 total journey numbers for the group of eight increased 5.8% to 252.0 million (2014/15: 238.2 million); passenger miles were 7.3% up at 1,070.3 million (2014/15: 997.1 million); and passenger revenues saw a real term increase of 9.3% to £336.9m (2014/15: £307.6m).

The figures were published in the DfT’s latest annual Light Rail & Tram Statistics: England 2015/16. The three other systems – London Underground, the Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams – were not included in the report.

The results were boosted by extensions to the Manchester Metrolink and Nottingham systems. London Tramlink performance, however, was adversely affected by partial closure  for infrastructure improvements. Sheffield’s Supertram was also disrupted by engineering works.

London – the DLR and Tramlink – accounted for 57% of all English light railway journeys. Concessionary travel only made up 12.6% of total journeys (on average) as against a corresponding statistic of 34% for buses.

Surveys by Transport Focus showed that overall passenger satisfaction with English LRT systems increased from 90% and 92% in 2015/16, which is higher than comparable figures for bus (84%) and train (83%) travel.

LRT journeys accounted for 2.9% of all public passenger transport journeys in 2014/15 (2013/14: 2.7%). The figure for the most recent year (2015/16) is not yet available.

 

Table 1                         Summary of annual LRT & tram results for England 2015/16
Passenger Journeys (m) Passenger Miles (m) Passenger Revenues (£m)
2015/16 2014/15 % 2015/16 2014/15 % 2015/16 2014/15 %
Docklands Light Railway 116.9 110.2 6.1 386.9 368.9 4.9 161.9 143.8 12.3
(Croydon) Tramlink 27.0 30.7 -12.1 105.1 110.8 -5.1 22.8 24.4 -6.7
Nottingham Express Transit 12.2 8.1 50.2 49.8 27.0 84.4 13.6 8.8 54.9
Midland Metro 4.8 4.4 10.4 31.6 28.6 10.5 8.6 7.7 11.9
Sheffield Supertram 11.6 11.5 0.6 46.6 46.3 0.6 11.4 12.6 -10.2
Tyne & Wear Metro 40.3 38.1 5.7 213.8 201.8 5.9 50.2 47.9 4.5
Manchester Metrolink 34.3 31.2 10.1 223.0 202.5 10.1 62.4 56.8 9.7
Blackpool Tramway 4.9 4.1 20.3 13.5 11.3 19.5 6.1 5.6 8.7
England 252.0 238.2 5.8 1,070.3 997.1 7.3 336.9 307.6 9.3

Note: Passenger revenue increases are in real terms.

 

 

Table 2                                                      Key Statistics
Route Mileage Number of stations/stops Number of Passenger Carriages/Tramcars
2015/16 2014/15 2015/16 2014/15 2015/16 2014/15
Docklands Light Railway 24 24 45 45 149 149
(Croydon) Tramlink 17 17 39 39 34 30
Nottingham Express Tramway 20 9 50 23 37 20
Midland Metro 13 13 24 23 21 16
Sheffield Supertram 18 18 48 48 26 25
Tyne & Wear Metro 48 48 60 60 90 90
Manchester Metrolink 60 57 92 92 111 98
Blackpool Tramway 11 11 39 37 26 26
England 211 197 397 367 494 454

 

Opening of Nottingham's Phase 2 extension in August 2015 nearly doubled the size of the system.
Opening of Nottingham’s Phase 2 extension in August 2015 nearly doubled the size of the system.

DfT: LRT & Tram Statistics, England 2015/16

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