Thursday, June 20, 2024


According to the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry company, all categories of traffic carried during the 2016 Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix increased.

The number of passengers grew by 6.3% to 29,241 and motorcycles were 4.5% up to 4013. The Steam Packet claimed this is the first time more than 4000 bikes have been transported to the Island during the fortnight. The figure five years ago stood at 2641. There was also an increase in the number of cars, vans and trailers transported, rising by 4.6% to 5782.

Isle of Man Steam Packet chief executive Mark Woodward said: “As anticipated, the final figures show a marked increase in passenger numbers for the festival. The busy programme, including the Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT and Jurby Day, continues to attract more and more people to the event, which is very encouraging.”

These numbers contrast markedly with anecdotal evidence from pubs and other hospitality-oriented businesses on the Island, where sentiment was that trading had been quieter this year.



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