Council chiefs are expected to approve the next £1 million step in building the new permanent cruise liner terminal of Liverpool.
The proposal, set to be put next week before city council’s cabinet, would see a 2-storey building built on reclaimed land on River Mersey.
Councillors are being asked to approve the next stage – which will cost almost £1 million – to develop detailed plans to build the terminal at Princes Jetty, Princes Parade.
The new facility would include a new passenger and baggage terminal, passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank, vehicle pick up point and a car park.
The council also intends that the terminal will be able to be able to handle cruise liners with up to 3,600 passengers, and provide “turnaround” overnight facilities – in which cruises begin and end at Liverpool, as opposed to “transit” visits which only stop in the city for a short period.
It follows a doubling in the number of vessels visiting Liverpool since it became a turnaround facility in 2012 – up from 31 to 61.
Passenger numbers are up from 38,656 four years ago to almost 78,000 this year plus 34,000 crew which the council says generates an estimated GBP 6.5 million for the local economy through spending while they are on shore.