The new terminal at Prince’s Dock is set to be completed next summer, and expected to provide a £3.2m boost for the city’s economyWorks 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.

“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.

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.

Manannan, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s fast craft, sails between Liverpool and the Isle of Man and Liverpool up to twice a day between the spring and the autumn. It is particularly busy around the Isle of Man TT races when the vessel carries thousands of motorcyclists and motorsport fans.

Vehicles and freight traffic will be served by a link road currently under construction and funded by Liverpool City Council and the Combined Authority who have worked together to deliver the funding for the link road as part of its major City Centre Connectivity project.

Foot passengers, meanwhile, will be able to access the terminal via a riverside footbridge, near to the planned Cruise Liner Terminal Hotel which will be located at Princes Dock. Bus and taxi facilities will be provided to the new site and will also be available across the footbridge, adjacent to Alexandra Tower as part of the Cruise Liner scheme.