Ferry traffic across the North Sea has increased 6.4% in the first half of this year compared to last year. The increase in car movements, and 1.4% rise in passengers, is said to be a result of Stena Line’s changed frequencies on the Harwich to Hook of Holland route. In addition, Stena’s coach traffic increased 17.9% in the first half. “These are exciting results for us and we’re particularly pleased in view of the additional capacity created by the two Superferries we launched last year,” said Lars Olsson, general manager for travel on the North Sea at Stena Line. “To have grown numbers of cars, passengers and coaches to Holland steadily throughout the first six months is rewarding and shows Stena Line to be on course to achieve our targets for this year.” He believes the increase is due to travellers avoiding APD.