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Plans in place for 2 victory parades should Liverpool Football Club wins the Premier League and/or the UEFA Champions League Final

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IF Jurgen Klopp's team triumph in either competition, the City of Liverpool will formally invite the Club to hold a victory parade.

A Premier League win would see the parade take place on Monday, 13 May 2019.

A parade for a UEFA Champions League Final victory would take place on Sunday, 2 June 2019

The dates above have been requested by Liverpool Football Club.

The team which lifts the trophy will not be confirmed until Sunday, 12 May (Premier League) or Saturday, 1 June (Champions League), however, due to the major logistical challenges needed to arrange parades of this scale, the announcement is being made in advance so residents and businesses in the City can prepare.  The Champions League parade would take place when Liverpool is already staging 2 major events; both the:- River Festival Liverpool and the Bordeaux Wine Festival; which are already expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the waterfront.  Both parades would start at 4pm, and would see the Liverpool FC team parade their newly acquired trophy on an open top bus, along Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.

The Route:-

The route starts at Allerton Maze and will travel North bound, on Queens Drive towards the Fiveways roundabout and Rocket flyover. From there it will journey along:-

► Queens Drive.

► Mill Bank.

► West Derby Road.

► Islington.

► Leeds Street.

► The Strand.

► The route finishes at Blundell Street.

The River Festival Liverpool event would start earlier than advertised, on Sunday, to accommodate a parade. Details to be announced at a later date.

The parade is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people, so the City Council is issuing key advice for fans:-

► Use the full length of the route. The open top bus won't be stopping, so take advantage of the full length of the route from Queens Drive all the way to The Strand.

► Decide which part of the route you want to wait at and arrive in plenty of time;

► Be patient, it is impossible to predict how long it will take the team bus to travel along the route.

► Due to the number of people coming in to and out of the City, there will be significant demands on public transport, with queuing likely.

► Motorists are advised that the City Centre is expected to be extremely busy, and with this in mind, they should plan their journeys in and out of the City carefully.

As crowd volumes increase, it is expected that there will periodic closures of the Queensway Tunnel, as the parade passes close by, and extended closure of the Dock Branch Exit.  It is expected there will be significant disruption around the parade route travel advice is available at:- MerseyTravel.Gov.UK to help spectators, workers and residents plan their journeys in advance.

Rail Travel:-

Due to the amount of planning involved, these parades need to be organised in advance and transport arrangements put in place for fans to celebrate with the club. Merseyrail will be running a normal timetable, on both days, with frequent services on both days. 6 car services will be running wherever possible. Due to the size of the event, passengers are advised to plan their journey in advance and leave plenty of time. Tickets can be purchased from any Merseyrail station before travelling.

Travel advice for James Street, Lime Street and Moorfeilds:-

► James Street will be operating a drop off service only, from 4.30pm until end of service, on Monday, 13 May 2019. - Passengers will leave the station via the Water Street exit. Staff will be available to support any passengers requiring assistance.

► Passengers wanting to travel on the Wirral line before, during and after the parade should get on and off at Liverpool Central station.

► Northern line passengers should use Moorfields Station.

► Passengers wanting to travel on trains from Lime Street Station should leave extra time to get to the Station on time. Also services in and out of Lime Street will be significantly more crowded.

'Live' travel updates and alerts will be available from Merseytravel at:- MerseyTravel.Gov.UK.

Key points include:-

► Consider walking, cycling or use public transport wherever possible.

► Be prepared for some changes to services, particularly for bus due to delays and diversions.

► Allow time for and plan your journey. The transport network is expected to be very busy before and after the parade.

► Check timetables... be prepared for some changes to services, particularly bus for which some diversions will be in place.

► The Mersey Ferries are a good cross river option, with regular services running between Seacombe and Liverpool; please check:- MerseyFerries.Co.UK for journey times on the day of travel.

► Passengers travelling on the Wirral line before, during and after the parade should get on and off at Liverpool Central, and Northern Line passengers should use Moorfields. These Stations are best set up to manage significant numbers of people.

Sefton Marks 2 Years of a Mayoral Combined Authority

MEMBERSHIP of the Combined Authority has brought tangible benefits for Sefton, says Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, as he marks the 2nd Anniversary of this election. Sefton has seen tens of millions of pounds in additional resources secured for the borough by being a member of the Combined Authority. This is in specific investment for the local area, in addition to funding from schemes across the areas of transport and skills and from Liverpool City Region wide projects such as Housing First and Households into Work. Specific funding includes supporting projects such as a new ₤10.7 million station for Maghull North, ₤5.5 million worth of improvements to Junction 1 of the M58 and investment in local colleges which without the Liverpool City Region's devolution deal it would not otherwise have been able to access. So far the Combined Authority has invested ₤400 million in the Liverpool City Region to create 9,000 jobs and 5,500 apprenticeships

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:- "Devolution benefits everyone in the City Region. By working together, our Local Authorities have a more powerful voice and have been able to secure additional funding that we would not have been able to access without a Combined Authority. We can already demonstrate a track record of delivery and I'm sure that in the years to come we will continue to make the City Region a better place to live for all of our residents."

Since Steve Rotheram was elected as the Metro Mayor, the Liverpool City Region has secured more than ₤183m in additional funding from Government. This money has only been offered to the City Region because it has a Metro Mayor. Areas without one, like West Yorkshire and the East Midlands, have missed out. This is in addition to the ₤1 billion devolution deal it struck with the Government in 2015.

The cost of being part of the City Region for Sefton residents in 2019 to 2020 is around 28p per household, per week. This cost is added to residents' Council Tax bills in the form a Liverpool City Region Combined Authority precept. That charge brings a return, on average, of ₤600 in additional funding per Liverpool City Region household.

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