New ferry terminal update as opening date moved

The new Isle of Man ferry terminal in Liverpool will be operational by the end of this month, according to a government minister.

Work began on the terminal at Princes Half Tide Dock in Liverpool city centre in 2019, with a planned completion date of August 2021. Delays have seen the project’s completion pushed back and its overall costs rise to £70m - which was invested by the Manx Government.

The majority of delays stem from disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, the volatility of material prices has impacted the development process - seeing costs almost double from first expected.

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In March, the Isle of Man's Minister for Enterprise Tim Johnston MHK told the ECHO that the terminal would be up and running for the TT motorbike racing event, which began on June 1. However, this did not happen.

Ferries between Liverpool and the tiny crown dependency in the Irish Sea have continued to sail from the Pier Head's ferry terminal, which is under a kilometre from the new base.

Now, a government minister has told the Isle of Man's parliament - the Tynwald - that the terminal will be open for passengers by the end of this month, reports Isle of Man Today. Minister for Infrastructure Tim Crookall said: "Subject to successful berthing trials the terminal will be open as soon as possible and the first passengers will sail there later this month."

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