Northern Ireland

Rathlin Island ferry fares to increase for first time in 10 years

Fares are to increase on the Rathlin Island ferry
Fares are to increase on the Rathlin Island ferry Fares are to increase on the Rathlin Island ferry

Fares on the Rathlin Island ferry are set to increase for the first time in 10 years.

The Department for Infrastructure announced on Friday that a standard single passenger fare will rise from £6 to £8, while a standard single car fare will increase from £10.30 to £15.

Children will remain half price and SmartPass concessions will also be available, while residents will continue to receive discounts of at least 50 per cent of the standard fares.

The department said the fares will "be subject to a statutory 30-day notice period that is due to commence on 9 May 2023".

In a statement, it said: "Fares for the ferry service have remained at the same level since April 2013 and an increase is therefore needed due to current budgetary pressures and the increased running costs of the ferry since that time.

"However, current discounts available on fares for residents, children and SmartPass holders will remain in place."

The statement added that the "department is supportive of Rathlin Island and provides an ongoing subsidy for the lifeline ferry service, so that fares can be kept as low as possible".

"It has an oversight and co-ordinating role in relation to the Rathlin Island Policy, which is a NI Executive policy to ensure continued and sustainable growth of Rathlin, Northern Ireland’s only off-shore inhabited island."