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United Kingdom: London Tramlink and London Underground ridership [free access]

January 1, 2022

Tramlink is a light rail tram system serving Croydon and surrounding areas in South London. Tram Operations Limited, a subsidiary of FirstGroup, has been operating the system since 2017. The network comprises three lines, which collectively span 28 km and covers 39 stops.

 

The tram system had seen a steady increase in ridership during 2010-11 and 2013-14. However, ridership declined slightly in 2014-15, before registering a decline by 12 per cent in 2015-16. It again increased by 9 per cent in 2016-17. The ridership steadily declined during 2017-18 and 2019-20, after which it sharply declined by 57 per cent in 2020-21 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Table 1 provides information about the annual ridership on the London Tramlink from 2010-2021.

 

Table 1: Annual ridership on the London Tramlink from 2010-11 to 2020-21  (million passengers)

Year

Ridership

2010-11

27.9

2011-12

28.6

2012-13

30.1

2013-14

31.2

2014-15

30.7

2015-16

27.0

2016-17

29.5

2017-18

29.1

2018-19

28.7

2019-20

27.2

2020-21

11.6

Source: Government of UK 

 

Figure 1 provides information about the annual ridership on the London Tramlink from 2010-21.

 

Figure 1: Annual ridership on the London Tramlink from 2010-11 to 202-21 (million passengers)


Source: Government of UK

 

The London Underground is a rapid transit system operated by London Underground Limited in Greater London and parts of the adjacent counties of Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. The system has 11 lines, which collectively span 402 km and it covers 272 stations.

 

The annual ridership on the London Underground had been steadily increasing from 2010-11 to 2017-18. It started to decline from 2018-19 and witnessed a 77.8 per cent fall in 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Table 2 provides details about the annual ridership on the London Underground from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

 

Table 2: Annual ridership on London Underground from 2010-11 to 2020-21 (million passengers)

Year

Ridership

2010-11

1,107.0

2011-12

1,171.0

2010-13

1,229.0

2013-14

1,265.0

2014-15

1,305.4

2015-16

1,349.3

2016-17

1,377.9

2017-18

1,394.6

2018-19

1,384.0

2019-20

1,337.0

2020-21

296.1

Source: Government of UK

 

Figure 2 presents details on the annual ridership on the London Underground from 2010 to 2021.

 

Figure 2: Annual ridership on London Underground from 2010-11 to 2020-21 (million passengers)


Source: Government of UK