Ferry industry sees growth

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PEOPLE are taking more cars by ferry for the fourth year running, according to new figures.

The 2016 Ferrystat figures released last week, found that the number of cars taken by ferry has increased from 8.6m in 2015 to nearly 8.8m in 2016, a 1.7 per cent increase.

The research, put together by Discover Ferries, the industry body for ferry operators, reports that growth for car travel by sea is up by 473,000 in the past four years; up from just 8.3m car crossings by sea in 2012.

Bill Gibbons, Discover Ferries director, said: ‘The sustained growth in car carryings is good news for the sector as we see more people recognise the advantages of simply hopping into their own car and enjoying the flexibility, value and freedom of a break by sea rather than the pressure of travelling through an airport.’

Go to discoverferries.com for more.