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)|
|Docklands Light Railway||116.9||110.2||6.1||386.9||368.9||4.9||161.9||143.8||12.3|
|Nottingham Express Transit||12.2||8.1||50.2||49.8||27.0||84.4||13.6||8.8||54.9|
|Tyne & Wear Metro||40.3||38.1||5.7||213.8||201.8||5.9||50.2||47.9||4.5|
Note: Passenger revenue increases are in real terms.
|Table 2||Key Statistics|
|Route Mileage||Number of stations/stops||Number of Passenger Carriages/Tramcars|
|Docklands Light Railway||24||24||45||45||149||149|
|Nottingham Express Tramway||20||9||50||23||37||20|
|Tyne & Wear Metro||48||48||60||60||90||90|