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Sailings Delayed As Ben Returns To Service

The Ben-my-Chree has returned to service following repairs to the vessel’s turbocharger. The vessel left for Heysham shortly before midday, almost three hours later than scheduled. Engineers have been working to repair the Ben since Saturday morning after the boat suffered a failed turbocharger and engine room fire. As a result, the return crossing to … Read More →

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Manx Government To Complete Steam Packet Purchase This Week

The Manx Government will complete its takeover of the Steam Packet Company this week. Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan will sign the formal agreement after Tynwald approved the £124m purchase of the ferry operator last week. The Treasury recently had assessments of the Ben-my-Chree and Manannan undertaken, finding the Steam Packet’s passenger vessels in good condition. … Read More →

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Riders Urged To Carry Out Motorbike Safety Checks

The Island’s roads police are urging bikers to make sure their motorbikes are safe before taking it for a ride. The Roads Policing Unit believe more riders will be taking to the Island’s roads as the weather improves. Officers are urging motorcyclists to check tyres and oil, as well as ensuring exhausts are fitted with … Read More →

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Government Seeks Public’s Views On Car Tax

The Manx Government wants to hear the public’s view on road tax. The Department of Infrastructure has launched a public consultation on the future of vehicle excise duty. The DoI has published a questionnaire to gauge public opinion, which includes questions about charging more for older cars, congestion charges and lower tax for electric vehicles. … Read More →

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Met Office Warns Of More Snow

Weather forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for snow and sleet. After snow fell in many parts of the island last night, there were problems on many roads. All buses are now running and schools will be open today. The Met Office’s forecast: Bright, with sunny intervals and a few isolated wintry showers, and … Read More →

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Yellow Weather Warning: Ice And Frost

Weather forecasters have issued a yellow warning for ice and frost. The Department of Infrastructure has been gritting major routes as a result. The Met Office forecast: One or two icy patches are possible on the roads at first today. Otherwise, it will be a dry and sunny day, but it will feel very cold … Read More →

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Steam Packet Might Cancel Tonight’s Sailing

The Steam Packet is warning that passengers could face disruption later today. It says that tonight’s scheduled 7.45pm Douglas to Heysham sailing could be disrupted or cancelled because of the forecast windy weather. The company says it will issue a further update at 5pm. Source: IOM Today  

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Mountain Road Reopens

The Mountain Road has reopened after almost a week of being closed because of snow and ice. The Department of Infrastructure had warned that the route was likely to be shut until lunchtime, but conditions improved enough overnight to allow the road to open at 8am. However, the Beinn y Phott Road and Tholt y … Read More →

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Main Roads Cleared Of Snow – But Police Urge People Not To Drive

Civil Defence and Isle of Man 4×4 Club have been out helping move vehicles abandoned in the snow, helping to clear the road for gritters. Police are asking anyone who has had to abandon their vehicles on main arterial routes to go back and move them if safe to do so. Most arterial routes have … Read More →

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Post Services Hit By White-Out

Postal services have been hit by the wintry conditions Isle of Man Post says it has been unable to collect incoming mail. And the snow is affecting deliveries – although posties will try to deliver items where it is safe to do so. Some post offices are also affected and customers are advised to call … Read More →