Busiest TT since 2007

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Figures released by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company show that 2014 is set to be one of the busiest TT of recent times, with traffic carried on the ferries up some 7.5% since last year, with 12,050 motorcycles and 36,800 passengers brought over.

The Island has been noticeably busier in both race and practice weeks, with a large number of European motorcycles travelling over. Final numbers are expected to show the TT has been the busiest since the 2007 Centenary year.

Demand for 2015 is also on the increase, with the Steam Packet encouraging visitors to start planning now. The first day of bookings for next year has already seen a 41% increase, as some 2500 people made their travel plans.

Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘This marks yet another year of growth for the TT and the figures are evidence of the TT’s continued attraction for motorcycling race fans. The main statistic to consider is the number of bikes carried, which are up by 7.5 per cent on last year, as passenger figures include all inbound numbers, including residents returning home.’

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer