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Five Liner Cruise Terminal at Central Docks

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[COLOR=#000000]The cruise industry is booming and expanding. Liverpool can take a fair slice of the this market for sure, with 3/4 of the Uks population with in a 2 hour drive. [B] For three or four liners the docks near the city centre for sure will give greater bang for buck than one liner floating stages[/B], as Peel have proposed and to fill in a dock to serve this small facility.

A [B]four [/B]to maybe [B]five[/B] liner terminal can be built in Central Docks by excavating the in-filled Trafalgar Dock and deepening the continuing West Waterloo Dock to cruise liner depths. The terminal can have direct rail access via an adjacent rail tunnel. All the building blocks are there ready to use.

Doing nothing, or building one liner floating stages, are not options to share in this lucrative business.


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Above: The green lines are where a new liner terminal dock can be built together with wider river gate. The red lines are rail tunnels, with one directly serving the site. The yellow lines are where Liverpool Waters can expand back into the city enhancing the whole project.[/COLOR]

[LIST=1][*][COLOR=#000000]Total length from Victoria Clock Tower to the West Waterloo Locks is approx 3000 foot.[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]The width is about 300 foot wide. Just wide enough for two average liners to pass but they need not pass at the same time.[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]West Waterloo & Trafalgar Dock can be as one, which in effect they were with one continuous river wall.[/COLOR][/LIST][COLOR=#000000]

Look at the picture above.[/COLOR]

[LIST][*][COLOR=#000000]In black, two smallish liners can fit in the layby and one large liner near the the Clock Tower. One small liner again on the river wall - [B]FOUR liners[/B].[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]One large liner in the layby and another near the clock tower and one small liner again on the river wall - [B]THREE liners[/B].[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]Three small liners on the river wall and two in the layby - FIVE liners.[/COLOR][/LIST]

[COLOR=#000000]The liners can be resupplied by barges as they are in Southampton.

In the picture above the docks outlined in [B]green[/B] are West Waterloo Dock, currently with water, at the top and Trafalgar Dock which is infilled at the bottom. Trafalgar can be excavated with a part of the in-filled Victoria and Clarence Docks excavated creating a layby. The Existing West Waterloo river locks can be widened to accommodate large liners. There is plenty of space for terminal buildings and drop off points.

The [B]red[/B] lines are rail tunnels. The Waterloo tunnel emerges at the site giving direct rail access. The [B]yellow[/B] lines are ramshackle businesses that can be relocated to proper business parks using this land to extend Liverpool Waters.

[B]The advantages of the location:[/B][/COLOR]

[LIST=1|INDENT=1][*][COLOR=#000000]Massive bang-for-buck to serve four to five cruise liners.[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]Four to five liners can be accommodated near to the city centre.[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]Direct rail access via a rail tunnel - a terminal station.[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]Direct road access via the Docks Road.[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]Inside Liverpool Waters giving a great image.[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]Direct access via the Dock Road.[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]Cheap enough as the docks just need excavating, deepening and realigning.[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]Near to the existing Cruise liner terminal at the Pier Head[/COLOR][*][COLOR=#000000]Cheaper than a massive floating four liner landing stages off the West Waterloo Dock wall.[/COLOR][/LIST][COLOR=#000000]

The answer is using what our forefathers left us. [B]Back to the future.[/B][/COLOR]

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Updated 01-19-2012 at 11:21 AM by Waterways