Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man ferry firm to run extra Liverpool and Larne sailings for TT races

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Image caption An extra four return sailings have been added to the schedule from the Northern Irish port of Larne

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IOMSPC) has announced extra sailings from Liverpool and Northern Ireland during next June's TT races.

The company said it has chartered additional P&O Express sailings to assist with "high demand".

Manannan will operate an extra five return trips from Liverpool and an additional four return sailings from Larne.

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Image caption The Isle of Man TT races are held every year and see riders top speeds of 200mph on closed roads

Bookings for the additional sailings will open at 08:30 GMT on 3 November.

The IOMSPC will also increase capacity for motorcycles travelling to the island for the road-racing festival by building a mezzanine deck on the Manannan.

Chartered freight vessel MV Arrow will also be in service, freeing up the Ben-my-Chree to accommodate additional vehicles.

Chief executive Mark Woodward said: "There was a marked increase in demand when bookings for the 2015 TT opened in May, with first-day bookings up 41% on the previous year.

"We are delighted that the charter of P&O Express has allowed us to add additional sailings from Northern Ireland and on the popular Liverpool route."

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