Record year on the Metro

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE Mid­land Metro just had its busiest ever year, with an av­er­age of one per­son get­ting on a tram ev­ery five sec­onds.

There were 6.2 mil­lion jour­neys on the West Mid­lands tram sys­tem in 2016/17, new fig­ures from the Depart­ment for Trans­port show. This is equiv­a­lent to al­most 17,000 peo­ple us­ing it a day, or one per­son us­ing it ev­ery five sec­onds.

Last year was the first time the jour­ney to­tal passed six mil­lion an­nu­ally, break­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 5.4 mil­lion, which was set back in 2000/01.

Pas­sen­gers col­lec­tively trav­elled 40.8 mil­lion miles on the Metro last year – enough to travel from the Sun to its near­est planet, Mer­cury.

Two ex­tra stops opened last year, in­clud­ing the stop at New Street sta­tion, bring­ing the to­tal to 26.

How­ever the Metro is still dwarfed in size by the tran­sit sys­tems in Lon­don, Manch­ester and New­cas­tle.

Manch­ester Metrolink and the Tyne and Wear Metro each had more than 37 mil­lion jour­neys last year – six times each more than the West Mid­lands net­work.

Metrolink in Greater Manch­ester has 93 stops com­pared to 26 on the Mid­land sys­tem, while Tyne and Wear has 60 stops. The break­down is as fol­lows: 2010/11 – 4.8 mil­lion jour­neys 2011/12 – 4.9 mil­lion jour­neys 2012/13 – 4.8 mil­lion jour­neys 2013/14 – 4.7 mil­lion jour­neys 2014/15 – 4.4 mil­lion jour­neys 2015/16 – 4.8 mil­lion jour­neys 2016/17 – 6.2 mil­lion jour­neys

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