More bikes at Festival of Motorcycling despite drop in passenger numbers

The number of bikes coming to the Island for the Festival of Motorcycling is up by more than 5% according to the Steam Packet Company.

The ferry operator says it's carried 4237 motorcycles during the fortnight - up from 4013 last year, which is a 5.6% rise.

However, the number of passengers is down by 1.6%, while other vehicles dropped by around 3%.

The Steam Packet believes the fall is due to the Manx 2 Day Trial moving to a new date in July, rather than falling within the Festival.

A total of nearly 28,778 passengers have traveled by sea to the Island for the fortnight, which includes the Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT, Festival of Jurby and Manx International Classic Trial.