Controversial £73m Hull cruise terminal still on…

Controversial £73m Hull cruise terminal still on track for 2024
2020-09-24 12:23:00
City council bosses say they are pressing ahead with ambitious plans for a new cruise terminal in Hull despite the travel industry being badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The project earmarked for a site near The Deep has a current estimated cost of £73m. The council has set aside £8m as a contribution and is relying on attracting external funding to make it happen, potentially as part of a devolution deal with the government. A target date for the first operational season of the new facility remains 2024. Guidance published last December for companies interested in becoming the council's commercial development partner on the project said a shortlist was expected to be drawn up by March this year. A view of Victoria Dock next to the Humber estuary where a new berth for cruise ships is being planned (Image: Environment Agency) However, the onset of the pandemic put that on hold. The procurement process has recently been re-started with an appointment now expected in either December or January. Garry Taylor, the council's assistant director for major projects, said: “We are getting positive noise from potential operators in the procurement process and we are also getting positive noise from the cruise industry, actually now more than ever. “The expectation coming out of Covid is that most cruise ships are looking to be fully Covid secure when the industry re-opens. “On a national level, there will be tests for people within 20 minutes at some point and cruise ship operators are already looking at how they will able to implement that to keep things safe, both in terms of crew and passengers. “What it actually does mean is that when the cruise liners and companies switch back on, they are looking to do more localised cruises. “That means more smaller cruises across Europe and around the UK while bringing some of their larger ships into that fold. Watch: City centre plans fly-through Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now “In reality what we are going to see is increased demand for a facility on the east coast and we are the only locality that feeds the key tourist destinations of Nottingham and York. “The Tyne did try but couldn't accommodate York or Nottingham because they are too far away and buses from the cruise ships would take too long to get there. “They are also looking for locations where people can just drop off and stay in the immediate locality and they have always been very excited about Hull, the city centre and its potential and also The Deep. “The conversations are still very positive but I'm not saying there will be some impact (from Covid) and we will need to work that through.” Mr Taylor said concerns raised last y

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