Passenger journeys on the Manchester Metrolink in the United Kingdom 1992-2019

The Manchester Metrolink recorded 43.7 million passenger journeys in 2018/19. Since beginning its operation in April 1992 as the United Kingdom’s first modern tram system, the Metrolink has grown to become an integral part of public transportation within the city.
The Metrolink is one of currently nine light rail systems in the country, next to those in London’s docklands, Croydon, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Blackpool and Edinburgh.

Leading light rail and tram system

Docklands Light Railway in London is currently the largest light rail and tram system in the UK. In 2018/19 it had recorded nearly 122 million passenger journeys, far outranking the Manchester Metrolink, which came in second.

Tram and metro use across Europe

As of 2016, trams and metros accounted for 1.7 percent of all passenger journeys made on land in the United Kingdom. This figure was slightly below the EU-28 average of 1.8 percent and significantly lower than the usage share reported in Czechia, which ranked first.

Number of passenger journeys on the Manchester Metrolink in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1992/93 to 2018/19

Passenger journeys in millions
2018/1943.7
2017/1841.2
2016/1737.8
2015/1634.3
2014/1531.2
2013/1429.2
2012/1325
2011/1222.3
2010/11*19.2
2009/1019.6
2008/0921.1
2007/0820
2006/0719.8
2005/0619.9
2004/0519.7
2003/0418.9
2002/0318.8
2001/0218.2
2000/0117.2
1999/0014.2
1998/9913.2
1997/9813.8
1996/9713.4
1995/9612.6
1994/9512.3
1993/9411.3
1992/938.1
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

1992 to 2019**

Supplementary notes

* The source gives the following information: "Manchester Metrolink have revised their method for calculation of passenger boardings so the figures from 2010/2011 are not directly comparable with previous years."
** Financial years run from April 1st to March 31st each year.

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