Ferry traffic rebounding

  • Nov. 23, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Traffic is rebounding on both the Skidegate-Prince Rupert and the Skidegate-Alliford Bay ferry routes, with more passengers and vehicles travelling in October 2012 than the previous October.On the Northern Expedition’s Skidegate-Prince Rupert route, passengers were up 6 percent this October compared to last October, and vehicles were up 2 percent. A total of 2,298 passengers and 1,028 vehicles took the ferry during the month, according to the latest statistics from BC Ferries.The October numbers continue a positive trend, with overall traffic so far this financial year on the Skidegate- Rupert route up around 2 percent.The Kwuna saw substantial increases in traffic in October, with the number of passengers travelling between Skidegate and Alliford Bay up 10 percent to 6,522, and the number of vehicles up 14 percent to 3,380, when compared to the previous October.However, the increase was not enough to reverse a downward trend that has seen traffic numbers drop since the beginning of the financial year April 1. So far this year, total Kwuna traffic has declined by about 5 percent compared to the previous year.