Delayed £38m Isle of Man ferry terminal project to begin this month – Liverpool Echo

Works on the delayed Isle of Man Ferry terminal at Prince’s Dock are to finally get underway this month after a groundbreaking event took place.

The scheme, which will cost £38m, is now set for completion by summer next year – a date that has been delayed twice.

The event on Friday was attended by Liverpool political figures including Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Deputy Liverpool Mayor Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan, as well as Isle of Man chief minister Howard Quayle.

Speaking at the event, Mayor Rotheram said: “Our waterfront is iconic and recognised the world over. The new ferry terminal will be a fantastic addition to it.

The budget will provide funding for a number of key pledges made by metro mayor Steve Rotheram.
The budget will provide funding for a number of key pledges made by metro mayor Steve Rotheram.

“Not only does the new terminal cement our special and historic links with the Isle of Man, it opens new and exciting opportunities – for trade, tourism and leisure.

“We have supported the project from day one and I look forward to it progressing further in the coming months.”

In November last year, it was revealed that the project would be delayed for a second time due to planning and legal agreements taking “longer than anticipated”.

The original date of completion was set to be December this year, before that was pushed back to March 2021, with the estimated end date now July 2021.

How the new Isle of Man ferry terminal is set to look in Liverpool

It will be constructed at Prince’s Half-Tide Dock, half a mile from the current Pier Head facility – which will be taken out of use once the new terminal is completed.

Carried out by contractor John Sisk and Sons Limited, works are to get underway following site clearance over Christmas.

Planning permission for the site was approved by Liverpool Council earlier this year.


It is predicted that the project within the Liverpool Waters development will generate £3.2m for the regional economy, and opportunities are expected to attract further investment to the docklands.

A link road is currently under construction, with the £7m cost being funded by Liverpool City Council as part of its £500m Better Roads programme.

Mr Quayle said: “The Isle of Man and Liverpool share a strong relationship based on our maritime connection, with a ferry route which has operated for more than 200 years.

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“I’m therefore honoured to be here today to mark the start of the construction of the Isle of Man Ferry Terminal, cementing business, tourism and cultural links and forging even closer ties into the future.

“This development stands alone as the only construction project the Isle of Man Government has undertaken away from Manx shores, and will be the only property we own outside the Island.

“The project demonstrates the Isle of Man’s commitment to future-proofing connections with the heart of Liverpool and the wider region.”

Cllr Hinnigan said the new Isle of Man Ferry Terminal was a “critical part of our regeneration plans for the north shore of Liverpool”.

She added: “The city council is investing a huge amount of money in the transport infrastructure to support this new facility and we are delighted work has now begun.

“When complete it will provide a fabulous link to our close friends on the Isle of Man.”

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The UK’s Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “The new passenger ferry terminal is great news for the people of Liverpool and the Isle of Man and another exciting addition to the Liverpool Waters Enterprise Zone.

“The terminal will be served by a new link road currently under construction thanks to £4m from the Government as part of the wider £332 million Local Growth Fund investment in the Liverpool City Region.

“This will help secure the Isle of Man’s link to the Liverpool City Region and boost economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse.”

Darran Lawless, development director at Liverpool Waters, part of Peel L&P, added: “The new Isle of Man ferry terminal will be a fantastic asset not just to Liverpool Waters, but the region as a whole, helping to improve connectivity to the mainland and offering new opportunities for tourism, jobs and investment to grow and flourish.

“There’s been a huge amount of activity and progress on site in recent months, and we look forward to seeing the new ferry terminal form an integral part of Liverpool Waters.”

A time capsule was presented at the ceremony and will be built into the terminal.

Among its contents is a special edition of Noble News, a newspaper put together by pupils at Henry Bloom Noble Primary School in Douglas.

The capsule also contains a message from the Chief Minister, drone footage of the Isle of Man, pictures of the site before it was redeveloped, and items of cultural significance.


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