November 2021 marked five years since the opening of Liverpool 2. Since then, the eight 92-metre high ‘megamax’ quayside cranes have become a Liverpool-renowned landmark and an essential facility in bringing new and global trading opportunities to the UK and Ireland. Portia has supported Peel Ports on this project over the last 7-years and is very pleased to have been a part of this success story. The development at Liverpool 2 has brought substantial investment to our home city of Liverpool and delivered new, long-term, skilled job opportunities for local people and enabled them to thrive in an exciting industry.
Since the announcement of Liverpool 2 in 2013, Peel Ports has invested over £400 million to expand the UK’s largest transatlantic port and create one of Europe’s most advanced container terminals. This has made Liverpool2 the central UK logistics hub, located at the heart of supply chains with the fastest and most efficient onward connections to the Irish Sea Hub, streamlining access to Scotland and Ireland.
Over half of the UK population (35 million people) are located within a 150-mile radius of the Port of Liverpool offers significant advantages for importers looking to reach the manufacturing and consumption heartland of the UK more directly than from the southern-based ports.
Peel Ports estimates that 30 million miles on UK roads will be saved in 2021 by containers passing through Liverpool 2 rather than the southern ports. Saving miles on the road also contributes towards Peel Ports aim of Liverpool 2 becoming the UK’s first “green logistics hub”. Recently Peel Ports became the first port operator to put a time frame on their road to carbon-neutral, with a firm commitment to be net-zero by 2040.
At Portia, we are proud to be a part of the continued development of Liverpool 2 and are looking forwards to seeing what the next 5-years hold.