A £50m cruise terminal for Hull is now a step closer to reality
An artists impression of how the cruise ship terminal might look next to The Deep
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Sep 2017
An ambitious £50m funding bid is being drawn up aimed at turning plans for a new cruise ship terminal in Hull into reality.
City council officials say securing government backing for project is the only way it will happen.
But hopes are already high that the success of Hull's UK City of Culture year could persuade ministers to get behind it.
City council leader Steve Brady said: "We are putting together a bid to the Government for the cruise terminal.
"We are very serious about this because we believe it would be a brilliant for the future of Hull and its economy.
"We have already got the full support of all of the other councils in Yorkshire for this, businesses are behind it and I believe people in Hull want to see this happen too.
"The government ministers we have been speaking to have also been very positive about it and they have encouraged us to put forward a funding bid.
"That is now happening and it should be ready within the next two to three months. The figure we are talking about is around £50m."
Cllr Brady said developing a cruise ship terminal would create jobs, attract more investment in the city and enhance Hull's reputation even further.
"I think it would be a massive boost for the area," he said.
"We have shown with the City of Culture and the City Plan that Hull can deliver.
"The investment we have seen in recent years from the likes of Siemens, RB and Smith & Nephew, along with initiatives like the new University Technical College, has been unprecedented.
"Hull is now being seen in a positive light and there is investor confidence in what we are doing so we have got to strike while the iron is hot.
"A lot of work has already been done on the terminal project and we know there is very strong interest from the cruise operators.
"We have already made some very significant progress and, subject to getting the necessary funding and other approvals, I would like to think it could be operational in five years."
Currently earmarked for a site close to The Deep, the proposed development envisages a new riverside berth for visiting passenger ships.
The advantage of the site over an alternative location at Albert Dock is that most of the land is owned by the council.
Councillor Martin Mancey, cabinet member for regeneration, said Albert Dock's owners ABP had indicated they intended maintaining commercial operations there for at at least the next ten years.
He said building a terminal at Albert Dock could encourage holiday operators to simply miss out the city centre altogether by running coaches directly onto the A63.
"By having people coming off ships in the vicinity of The Deep, there will be a clear trail into all the visitor attractions in the city centre," he said.
Cllr Mancey also played down concerns raised by some residents living in Victoria Dock over the proposed site.
"As a resident of Victoria Dock, I don't have any problem with the location of the cruise terminal being there."