– John Hayes MP met with operators Peel Ports to view the latest developments at the £400m deep-water container terminal –
Transport Minister John Hayes MP visited the Port of Liverpool today (20 October 2016) to view the final stages of work on phase 1 of the Liverpool2 container terminal ahead of its official opening next month.
The visit provided an opportunity for the Minister to view progress since his previous visit in 2014 and to discuss with Peel Ports the importance of government investment in local infrastructure to help maximise the terminal’s contribution to the UK economy.
The Liverpool2 project forms part of a wider £750 million investment programme into biomass, steel, port-centric warehousing and infrastructure by Peel Ports at its sites in Liverpool and along the Manchester Ship Canal.
Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer, Peel Ports, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister back to Liverpool and to show how much progress has been made with the construction programme. We also have a shared interest in the link between our private investment and the government’s funding for transport and other projects that will ensure that the benefits of Liverpool2 as an ocean gateway for trade are fully felt throughout the region and beyond.”
John Hayes MP added: “It is vital for our economy that the world’s largest commercial ships are able to call at the UK’s world leading ports, delivering goods to our shelves, supporting our exporters and taking people on holiday. I was delighted to have a sneak preview of the Liverpool2 container terminal ahead of its opening in November. With Government and industry working together, we can continue our proud history as a as a leading maritime nation, creating jobs and boosting business opportunities.”
In September the Minister spoke at an event in Westminster to launch a northern ports partnership and highlighted Liverpool’s capability to transform the UK’s west coast container handling capabilities.
In August the port also hosted Chris Grayling MP on one of his first official engagements as Secretary of State for Transport.
Liverpool2 will allow global shippers ‘ship-to-door’ access to the UK’s major import centres via the most economic and lowest carbon route, and provide northern UK-based exporters with a more competitive route to market. The £300m construction programme comprises a new quay wall, land reclamation to create the 16 hectare site, dredging of a new 16.5m deep berthing pocket, installation of eight 24-wide ship-to-shore quay cranes and 22 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes, and associated supporting infrastructure works.
About Peel Ports and the Peel Group
Peel Ports is one of the UK’s largest port groups, owning and operating seven of the UK and Ireland’s most important ports. It handles 70 million tonnes of cargo every year. It is headquartered in Liverpool and employs around 1,200 staff. Peel Ports is part of the Peel Group, one of the UK’s foremost privately owned investment enterprises. Our strategy embraces a broad range of sectors – land and property, transport and logistics, retail and leisure, energy, and media, with assets owned or under management of more than £5 billion. Group investment policy is focused on actively managing our diverse portfolio, enhancing the quality of our assets and recycling capital over the long term.