Dec 20 2012 by Jamie Bowman, Crosby Herald
WORK is set to start on the £300m Liverpool2 container terminal in Seaforth after the Port of Liverpool was given the green light to begin construction.
Licences from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) were required to begin work on dredging the River Mersey, enabling the new facility to handle the world’s biggest container ships.
The MMO has now granted the licences with work expected to start on-site at the Gladstone Dock terminal next month.
The Liverpool2 scheme is expected to create 5,000 new jobs at the port and in the supply chain, and it is likely jobs will start to come on stream very soon, claimed owners Peel Ports.
The new facility will add a further half-a-million containers annually to the Port of Liverpool, taking its capacity towards handling two million containers in total per year.
Gary Hodgson, Peel Ports Mersey managing director, said: “Today’s news is a fantastic boost, not just for Peel Ports, but for the whole of the North West.
“Liverpool2 is a transformational investment which will generate sustainable employment and prosperity across the region.”
Peel Ports also announced it had successfully completed a £1.6bn refinancing deal which will fund the Liverpool2 scheme and associated works such as new warehousing and storage systems.
Ian Hamilton Fazey, chairman of Waterloo Residents’ Association, said: “We generally welcome Liverpool2 except for the extra lorry traffic it will create.
“We have had meetings with Peel Ports Mersey and they’re very conscious of our concerns. Stuff already moves all day and night between Seaforth Docks entrance along the four miles of the A5036 to Switch Island.
“It’s very important Peel develops its rail-head and increases the transfer of freight onto barges on the Manchester Ship Canal.
“We’re anxious to work closely with Peel and want the jobs Liverpool2 will provide.”