Cruisers from the UK, the news you’ve been waiting for is finally here! That’s right, the long-awaited plans for the Liverpool Cruise Terminal have finally been given the green light!
The sizeable terminal – 10,000 square metres to be exact – will be built on a suspended deck on steel piles in the river, spanning two floors. It’ll include a baggage hall on the ground floor, as well as a plush passenger lounge, cafe and check-in area.
The derelict Princes Jetty currently situated on the River Mersey will be dismantled, with the new terminal constructed in its place.
The new terminal is part of a £5 billion re-generation project, and will be equivalent to the size of two football pitches. It’ll also be served by an off-site multi-storey car park.
When will the terminal be ready?
Preparation works for the new facility is expected to start in the new year. An opening date has not yet been disclosed.
UK cruisers will be pleased to know that the new terminal will be able to welcome and wave off ships carrying up to 3,600 passengers, meaning many of your favourite cruise lines and ships should be able to make a visit very soon!
The area will also include new public open spaces, hard and soft landscaping, as well as associated car and coach services. The construction of these new facilities is expected to directly create a large number of local jobs.
Further investment from the council – £32 million to be precise – will see the A565 upgraded to support this new cruise facility and the rest of the north docklands, with a planned £20 million link road to the waterfront to support a new £30 million Isle of Man Ferry terminal. How exciting!
A world-class experience
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said “This is the latest milestone in the re-emergence of Liverpool as a cruise destination. We are creating a world-class experience for the cruise companies and their passengers, and working with some of the very best in the construction industry to deliver the facilities.”
Darran Lawless, development director, Peel L&P for Liverpool Waters, said ‘‘Planning permission being granted for the new cruise terminal is fantastic news for the city boosting the economy, creating new jobs and providing an opportunity to welcome tourists from around the world.
“Peel L&P gifted the land required for the new terminal at Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters to the City Council, ensuring Liverpool has the ability to accommodate growth from the cruise leisure industry and high level of interest in Liverpool and the north-west from the world’s largest cruise ships.”
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