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prefer sailing between Lochryan and Ireland.
1999, the last year for records on the Irish Sea routes, 2.4
million passengers passed through Stranraer and Cairnryan.
compared with 2.9 million on all crossings between Liverpool,
Heysham and Holyhead to the Irish Republic and a total of
2.5 million on the northern route which takes in Liverpool,
Heysham, Fleetwood, Troon and Ardrossan as well as Stranraer
and Cairnryan. to the Northern Irish ports.
was in spite of greater competition in the shape of new passenger
services direct to Northern Ireland including SeaCat from
Troon to Belfast.