Light Rail plays an important role in transporting large volumes of people into our town and city centres quickly and efficiently. Light Rail operates high quality services that are able to penetrate into our dense urban areas, connecting people to jobs and services.
Patronage on Light Rail systems in England reached 267 million trips in 2017/18, an increase of 44% since 2007/08. However, this growth has not been even across the country.
In 2017/18, there were 1.8 billion passenger kilometres on Light Rail systems in England, an increase of 52% since 2007/08. As with patronage, this growth has not been spread evenly across all systems.
There were 34.7 million vehicle kilometres on Light Rail systems in England in 2017/18. This is an increase of 52% since 2007/08. System extensions means that some networks have seen large increases whilst others have remained relatively stable.