Just 13 islanders responded to the gov’s 2021 consultation on the controversial new TT schedule. The results for it are yet to be published online.
The plans for TT23 include racing on Mad Sunday, more race days and the Senior TT being permanently switched to the Saturday after the Senior Race Day bank holiday.
In a statement, the DfE said that it carried out extensive online consumer research in 2019, as well as research around the fan’s experience of travel and accommodation in February 2021, as well as stakeholder focus groups in May 2021.
The gov says that it believes that the ‘proposed 2023 race schedule will bring a host of benefits to all’, but the proposals have proved controversial with some.
In a statement relating to the consultation, the DfE said: ‘During the public consultation in 2021, only thirteen island residents responded with feedback on the schedule at that time. Therefore, in light of the limited response to the original consultation, and the importance of this new schedule, the department is now offering a further opportunity for the island’s residents, as well as off island race fans, to provide feedback on the proposed schedule for the 2023 TT Races.’
The new consultation will open up early next month.
In line with legislation within the Road Racing Act, the DoI is required to publish the proposed schedule within 12 months of the schedule, which it will do once the DfE consultation is completed and the feedback has been reviewed.