The long-awaited Liverpool cruise terminal has been given the go-ahead. The 10,000 sq.m terminal will span two floors and will be built on a suspended deck on steel piles in the river. A baggage hall will be situated on the ground floor along with a passenger lounge, cafe and check-in on the first floor.

The derelict Princes Jetty on the River Mersey will be demolished, with the construction of the new terminal taking place on the site.

The new terminal will be situated within a £5 billion Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme and the cruise terminal is expected to directly create an unspecified number of local jobs.

Preparation works are expected to start in the new year.

Cruise ships carrying up to 3,600 passengers will be able to embark and disembark at Liverpool.

The detailed design of the development was voted unanimously in favour of by Liverpool City Council, following outline planning permission being granted in April 2018.

£32 million from the council will be invested in upgrading the A565 to support the new cruise facility and north docklands. The council is also gearing up to create a £20 million link road to the waterfront to support a new £30 million Isle of Man Ferry terminal.

Darran Lawless, development director, Peel L&P for Liverpool Waters, said:

Planning permission being granted for the new cruise terminal is fantastic news for the city boosting the economy, creating new jobs and providing an opportunity to welcome tourists from around the world. Peel L&P gifted the land required for the new terminal at Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters to the City Council, ensuring Liverpool has the ability to accommodate growth from the cruise leisure industry and high level of interest in Liverpool and the north-west from the world’s largest cruise ships.