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Mersey cruise terminal plan submitted

Words: Huw Morris

Liverpool City Council has submitted a planning application for a £50 million cruise terminal on the River Mersey.

The application includes the removal of Princes Jetty and the construction of a new terminal set within a statement building, based on a new suspended deck structure in the river.

The council said it is aiming to create an “international standard” permanent facility that would enable the city to welcome the world’s biggest cruise ships.

Liverpool, which welcomed more than 60 vessels this year with 120,000 passengers and crew, is also aiming to capitalise on the cruise boom by creating a state-of-the-art passenger and baggage facility, complete with passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank and vehicle pick-up point.

Further planning applications could include supplemental projects with a 200-room hotel and a 1,700-space multistorey car park.

“A new cruise facility is one of the city’s most important regeneration projects of this decade and is vital to growing Liverpool’s tourism economy,” said the city’s mayor Joe Anderson.

“We want to provide the next generation of super-liners and their passengers a world-class welcome with a five-star experience.

“A new cruise facility will also be a huge boost to our plans to regenerate the North Liverpool docklands and create thousands of new jobs, which is why we’re putting together the best team of experts to ensure we build this facility to the very highest standards.”

The application is expected to be heard by the council’s planning committee in January. If approved, site preparation at Princes Dock, in Liverpool Waters, is expected to start next spring.

Image credit | Geograph/Jeff Buck