Work on the new Isle of Man ferry terminal is set to begin this summer after the £31 project secured planning consent from Liverpool city council.
Part of Peel’s £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme, the work will see the terminal relocated a few hundred yards along the river bank from its current location close to the Pier Head and will be at the far end of the new planned cruise liner terminal.
The new terminal is being funded by the Isle of Man Government which has taken a long lease on the site from Peel and is now ready to press ahead with the 30,000 sq ft development.
Liverpool City Council is building a new link road to the terminal which it is hoped will be operational by the end of 2020.
Chief minister of the Isle of Man Government Howard Quayle said: “Gaining planning consent is brilliant news, and the next step in delivering this vital project. The need to secure such a strategically important asset was acknowledged in the Programme for Government and we now look forward to seeing the Island’s new terminal take shape.”
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said the new terminal was a “critical” piece in the regeneration plans for the north shore of Liverpool.
He added: “The city council is investing a huge amount of money in the transport infrastructure to support this new facility and we are delighted it now has planning approval and can look forward to its completion.
“The Isle of Man and Liverpool have a historic relationship and this new ferry terminal will cement our strong links and forge even closer ties into the future.”