Car ferry growth continues
29 May 2017
The growth in ferry travel by car in the last few years continued into 2017. Following a fourth year of growth for ferry travel by car in 2016 the trend has continued into the beginning 2017. In the four months to the end of April 2017 the total number of cars on UK ferries increased by 2% over the comparable four-month period in 2016. This is a slightly lower growth rate than the average 2.6% growth of the last four years for the first four months of the year.
It is the car sector of the ferry market that is responsible for the resilience of the UK ferry market overall but growth of car travel by Eurotunnel with an average 2.8% growth of the last four years for the first four months of the year was slightly higher. The benefits of car travel over coach travel appears to be swinging the market towards the car sector at the expense of the coach sector. The coach sector declined by an average of 1.3% the last four years for the first four months of the year. This compared with a growth in total ferry passenger numbers of 1.4% on average for the first four months of the year for the last four years.