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Cars taken on ferries increase by 4% in July

The number of cars taken on ferries in July increased from 1.10 million to 1.14 million compared to the same month last year as part of a strong trend of more people taking their cars on holiday by sea according to the latest Ferrystat* statistics released today by Discover Ferries, the industry body for ferry operators.

Discover Ferries members have seen annual increases in the number of people taking holidays by car for the past three years – up from 8.37 million in 2013, to 8.61 million in 2015.

Bill Gibbons, Director of Discover Ferries said: “The signs are strong that 2016 will continue to see an increase in the number of people taking their car on holiday by sea as more people decide to avoid the hassle of airports and embrace the convenience and flexibility of taking their own road trip instead. Our figures show we’ve already seen car carryings increase by 2.6% this year – up from 4.72 million to 4.84 million.  But we were very pleased to see such a strong performance in July – the first month after Brexit when the number of cars on our ferry members increased from 1.10 to 1.14 million – a 4% year-on-year increase.

“And all the signs from our ferry operators are that the sunny weather is encouraging more holidaymakers to get out and about in their cars on holiday and day trips. Ferry travel is operating normally on all routes and also won’t be affected by the proposed Eurostar strikes later this month.”

Discover Ferries confirmed that the total number of cars taken on ferry trips between the UK and the continent increased from 525,000 to 540,000 in July– a 2.9% increase. The most popular destination for UK residents to the continent by ferry or train in 2015 was France (chosen by 54%) followed by Belgium (13%), Netherlands (9%) and Germany (8%) according to Ferrystat figures.

Car carryings to the continent were up across all sectors in July year-on-year with

  • Cars on Short Sea routes out of Dover to Calais and Dunkirk up by 2.1%
  • Cars on the Western Channel from Newhaven, Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to France and Spain up 5.1%
  • Car carryings on the North Sea from Harwich, Hull and Newcastle to Holland and Belgium were up 1.9%

Cars on ferry routes between the UK and Ireland also increased from 154,000 to 157,000 a 1.5% increase.

There has also been a big growth in people taking their cars on holiday to English and Scottish islands such as the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, and Western Scottish Islands. Overall the car carryings for July on domestic routes were up by 6.5% from 416,000 to 442,000.

Visit www.www.discoverferries.com –for up-to-date information and news about travelling by ferry.