Tyne and Wear Metro sees huge increase in passenger journeys

The Tyne and Wear Metro has seen the biggest rise in passengers of any light rail transit system in the UK outside of London.

Latest figures from the Department for Transport reveal in 2014/15 there was a massive 38.1m passenger journeys on it – a 6.7% increase on last year.

This has also led to a 4.4% increase in revenue to £47.9m, the highest figure it has ever posted.

Nationally there were 239.8m journeys on Light Rail and Tram systems, up 5.6% on last year.

The only system to have a bigger increase in passenger journeys than the Metro was the Docklands Light Railway in London whose 110.2m journeys represented an 8.5% year-on-year increase.

Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 10 June 2015

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