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Council to buy cruise terminal

Temporary Pier Head building extended to cope with passenger demand

Published on January 9th 2015.

Council to buy cruise terminal

THE cruise liner terminal at the Pier Head is to be bought by Liverpool City Council, which it will expand it to deal with larger ships.

In the meantime, it says, it will explore options for building something more permanent on the Mersey waterfront.

Mayor Joe Anderson's hopes of turning the council's newly purchased Cunard Builiding into a grand passenger check-in facility were dashed on the rocks earlier this year.

A report to the Cabinet today (Friday 9 January) is recommending that the council purchases the temporary structure, which it is currently renting, and extends it so that it can deal with up to 1,800 passengers per vessel.

The improvements will see 400 new square metres of floor space to deal with 350 extra passengers / 700 bags, new toilets and a permanent early arrivals area for passengers on smaller ships so people embarking don’t have to wait for others to disembark

The council says there will also be improvements to the gateway which links the terminal to the main pontoon berth.

In 2015, 54 ships are expected, bringing with them over 80,000 passengers– a 40 per cent increase on last year.

The council says they will contribute around £5.8 million to the city’s visitor economy this year, up from £1.3 million when it was a port of call destination.

 Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet member for regeneration, said:  “It makes economic sense for us to purchase the building as, even with the improvements we are carrying out, the cost is less than half the amount of continuing to rent it."

The highlight of the 2015 cruise season will be two events to celebrate Cunard Cruise Line’s 175th anniversary.

On 25 May the Cunard fleet will arrive on the Mersey, creating a Three Queens spectacle. Activities will take place across the weekend (from 23 to 25 May) to entertain the hundreds of thousands of people expected to descend on the city.

On 4 July, the Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 will return to Liverpool to celebrate Britannia’s transatlantic departure exactly 175 years earlier.




YEAR               VESSELS                                 PASSENGERS


2011                 15                                             27,278


2012                 31                                             38,656


2013                 34                                             44,478


2014                 47                                             57,844


2015                 54                                             81,149


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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

mickeydrippin'January 9th 2015.

Great - an expanded tent!

Green TambourineJanuary 9th 2015.

These people. Do they all GET OFF?? Or do they just look out on the boat? Because if they just like to look, we should be providing things to LOOK AT!!! Like trees, and meadows, and SQUIRRELS!!!

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Seaman StainesJanuary 10th 2015.

They mostly GET OFF and get straight on to COACHES!! These coaches take them straight up to Windermere or CHESTER where they go for a big cream tea and look at the TREES and the SQUIRRELS! Then they get bussed back at 8pm - just in time to DROP ANCHOR in their cabins, making sure the door stays SHUT for five minutes afterwards!!!

AnonymousJanuary 10th 2015.

Is "drop anchor" some sort of RHYMING SLANG reference to GREEN TAMBOURINE!!!!!

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Green TambourineJanuary 12th 2015.

NO!!! You obviously aren't a POET!!!

Reader XxxJanuary 10th 2015.

We all enjoy a laff. But don't ignore the fact that the cruise line business is good for the city (lots of passengers walk into the city centre to spend their pocket money), the city region (coaches go to Port Sunlight as well as Chester), and the north-west (cruise line passengers don't take coach tours to the Lake District from Southampton). Now back to the banter, which is more fun.

SootyJanuary 10th 2015.

hmmm probably something behind it..after the things theyve been up to since joe was appointed I now have a deep distrust of them and all their moves. maybe they'll turn it into a bit student halls of residence

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AnonymousJanuary 12th 2015.

No, what we need is more executive homes.

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