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United Kingdom: Annual ridership trends for LRT systems in England [free access]

December 1, 2019

Ridership on eight light rail transit (LRT) systems in England has increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.62 per cent during FY1984–FY2019. The Nottingham Express Transit (NET) network, which comprises three lines, witnessed the highest ridership growth, of 29.26 per cent, during the period. The increase in ridership on NET in 2015–16 by nearly 50.6 per cent over 2014–15 can be attributed to the commencement of passenger operations on new lines of the system. Ridership on the Tyne & Wear Metro, on the other hand, recorded the lowest CAGR of 0.89 per cent over the 35-year period and its ridership has declined gradually since FY1988.

 

The following table highlights the annual ridership on eight tramway systems in England during the period FY1984–FY2019.

 

Table: Annual ridership on LRT systems in England during FY1984–FY2019

FY

Ridership (million passengers)

Docklands Light Rail

London Tramlink

Nottingham Express Transit

Midland Metro

Sheffield Supertram

Tyne & Wear Metro           

Manchester Metrolink*

Blackpool Tramway

England

1983–84

.

.

.

.

.

49.8

.

6.2

56.0

1984–85

.

.

.

.

.

57.2

.

6.0

63.2

1985–86

.

.

.

.

.

59.1

.

6.2

65.3

1986–87

.

.

.

.

.

46.4

.

6.2

52.6

1987–88

.

.

.

.

.

44.9

.

5.4

50.3

1988–89

6.6

.

.

.

.

45.4

.

5.4

57.4

1989–90

8.5

.

.

.

.

45.5

.

5.6

59.6

1990–91

8.0

.

.

.

.

43.6

.

5.8

57.4

1991–92

7.9

.

.

.

.

40.6

.

5.0

53.5

1992–93

6.9

.

.

.

.

38.9

8.1

5.2

59.1

1993–94

8.3

.

.

.

.

38.3

11.3

5.5

63.4

1994–95

11.3

.

.

.

2.2

37.0

12.3

5.4

68.2

1995–96

14.5

.

.

.

5.3

35.9

12.6

4.9

73.2

1996–97

16.7

.

.

.

7.8

35.4

13.4

4.9

78.2

1997–98

21.0

.

.

.

9.2

35.0

13.8

4.7

83.7

1998–99

27.6

.

.

.

10.4

33.8

13.2

4.4

89.3

1999–00

31.3

.

.

4.8

10.9

32.7

14.2

4.3

98.2

2000–01

38.4

15.0

.

5.4

11.1

32.5

17.2

4.1

123.6

2001–02

41.3

18.2

.

4.8

11.4

33.4

18.2

4.9

132.2

2002–03

45.7

18.7

.

4.9

11.5

36.6

18.8

4.5

140.7

2003–04

48.5

19.8

0.4

5.1

12.3

37.9

18.9

3.7

146.5

2004–05

50.1

22.0

8.5

5.0

12.8

36.8

19.7

3.9

158.7

2005–06

53.5

22.5

9.8

5.1

13.1

35.8

19.9

3.6

163.4

2006–07

63.9

24.6

10.1

4.9

14.0

37.9

19.8

3.4

178.6

2007–08

66.6

27.2

10.2

4.8

14.8

39.8

20.0

2.9

186.2

2008–09

67.8

27.2

9.8

4.7

15.0

40.6

21.1

2.3

188.6

2009–10

69.4

25.8

9.0

4.7

14.7

40.8

19.6

2.2

186.2

2010–11

78.3

27.9

9.7

4.8

15.0

39.9

19.2

1.6

196.5

2011–12

86.1

28.6

9.0

4.9

15.0

37.9

22.3

1.1

204.8

2012–13

100.0

30.1

7.4

4.8

14.4

37.0

25.0

3.7

222.5

2013–14

101.6

31.2

7.9

4.7

12.6

35.7

29.2

4.3

227.1

2014–15

110.2

30.7

8.1

4.4

11.5

38.1

31.2

4.1

238.2

2015–16

116.9

27.0

12.2

4.8

11.6

40.3

34.3

4.9

252.0

2016–17

122.3

29.5

16.4

6.2

12.6

37.7

37.8

5.1

267.7

2017–18

119.6

29.1

17.8

5.7

12.3

36.4

41.2

5.2

267.2

2018–19

121.8

28.7

18.8

5.9

11.9

36.4

43.7

5.2

272.4

CAGR

10.21%

3.67%

29.26%

1.09%

7.29%

-0.89%

10.83%

-0.50%

4.62%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: UK Department for Transport Light Rail and Tram Survey 

Note: *Manchester Metrolink have revised their method for calculation of ridership, so the figures from 2010/11 are not directly comparable with those from previous years.

 

The following graph depicts the ridership of the eight LRT systems in 2018–19.