LIVERPOOL'S cruise liner terminal at the Pier Head will finally be able to cater for turnaround journeys in three months’ time.
The shock announcement broke the stalemate in talks between Liverpool council and the government over the amount of money needed to end the turnaround ban.
The council has agreed to repay whatever grant cash is required to lift the ban on “turnarounds” – voyages starting and ending at Liverpool cruise terminal.
That will be at least the £5m already offered to the government and could be as much as £9m.
The sum is separate from the balance of £8m from EU funds to build the £17m terminal, which the council asked the government not to get involved with.
The money will be paid in annual installments, based on revenue from the number of cruise liner turnarounds.
Council leader Cllr Joe Anderson said: “I am very excited about what will be a new era for us.