Belfast Telegraph

65,296 Northern Ireland to Scotland ferry passengers a 14-year high

The number of people making the ferry crossing between Larne in Northern Ireland and Cairnryan in Scotland has hit a 14-year high.

In August the number of people making the crossing on the P&O service hit 65,296 - which is the highest amount of traffic on the route since 2003.

Two ferry routes are operated between Northern Ireland and Scotland, with Stenna Line sailing from Belfast Port to Cairnryan.

Speaking about the increase in numbers, P&O's sector director for the Irish Sea Neal Mernock said: "We operate the fastest crossings between Northern Ireland and Scotland and are delighted that so many people used our services to go on their summer holidays in August.

"The journey across the Irish Sea on our ships takes two hours - up to 30 minutes less than any of our competitors - and the A8 road link to the Port of Larne means that it is by far the simplest way of crossing to or from the mainland."

P&O previously ran a service between Larne and Troon in South Ayrshire, but this was cut in January of last year due to the income of the service not covering the cost of running it.

The increase in the numbers taking the Larne to Cairnryan crossing coincides with the weakening value of the pound and more people choosing to holiday domestically.

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