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Ground-breaking ceremony for £38 million Isle of Man ferry terminal in Liverpool

A digital representation of how the Manx ferry terminal will look. Credit: Isle of Man Government

A ground-breaking ceremony has been held at Prince's Half-Tide Dock in Liverpool for the new Manx ferry terminal.

The terminal is costing £38 million and is expected to be completed by summer 2021.

This is following two separate delays to the project.

The original date for completion was December this year, before being pushed back to March 2021.

A time capsule was presented that will be built into the terminal containing a newspaper, a message from the Chief Minister, drone footage of the Isle of Man, pictures of the site and items of cultural significance. Credit: Isle of Man Government

The event was led by the Isle of Man Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK.

He was accompanied by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Deputy Liverpool Mayor Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan and industry leaders from the North West.

The terminal will be served by a new link road currently under construction thanks to £4m from the Government as part of the wider £332 million Local Growth Fund investment in the Liverpool City Region. This will help secure the Isle of Man’s link to the Liverpool City Region and boost economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse."

– Jake Berry MP, UK Northern Powerhouse Minister

On 13th January, Chief Minister Howard Quayle was presented with a commemorative copy of 'Noble News' from the pupils of Henry Bloom Noble School.

The edition was placed inside the time capsule which will be built into the terminal.

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The building is the only construction project that the Isle of Man Government has ever committed to outside of the Island.

Construction on the terminal is due to start later this month.