On this Day, 29 March 1902 — a fall on the Brighton tramways

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Data journalism may seem like a new form of reporting, but early twentieth century newspapers had a fondness for figures.

The Brighton Herald newspaper of 29 March 1902 published a detailed report on the revenues and passenger numbers of the town’s tramways.

Image of newspaper clipping showing tramway data

While it noted a drop in returns over the previous three weeks, the writer was confident that revenue would pick up over the Easter period. The author also quoted a ‘correspondent, living in Queen’s Park Road’, who had observed that:

‘…on the South London Tramways a workman can get carried seven miles to his work for a penny.’

Presumably this was a better rate than offered in Brighton.

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