Packet Plans to Open Terminal in 2023

The Steam Packet is not currently planning to use its new ferry terminal in Liverpool until 2023, a spokesman has told Gef.

We approached the Steam Packet after DoI Minister Tim Baker confirmed the £38m taxpayer funded scheme for a new terminal and berth will not be completed until at least March 2022

The company spokesman said: ‘Because of the current uncertainties as to delivery date, Steam Packet is planning to use the new berth from Spring 2023 for the fast craft season.’

However, the company has secured the usage of its current Pier Head landing stage until the end of the 2022 season. While the linkspan has previously been referred to as ‘life expired’, the company spokesman said: ‘Peel ports are doing works paid for by Steam Packet to allow them to use it for the whole of the 2022 fast craft season.’

Meanwhile a spokesman for Liverpool City Council also told Gef that it has ‘no start date’ for its new cruise terminal which is being built at the Pier Head site and it is ‘waiting to see how [the] sector responds’ post Covid before setting a timetable for delivery.

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