After another legendary European night for Liverpool Football Club and the team still chomping at the heels of Manchester City in the title race this Sunday, the City of Liverpool have put plans in place for possibly two victory parades!
If the mighty reds were to win the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League Final, the following dates have been requested by the club to hold the victory parades:
- Monday 13th May – A Premier League win would see the parade take place on this date.
- Sunday 2nd June – A UEFA Champions League Final win would see the parade take place on this date.
Confirmation of the winning team to lift the trophies will not available until Sunday 12th May (Premier League) and Saturday 1st June (Champions League) however due to major logistical challenges needed to prepare the parades, the announcement is being made in advance so residents and businesses in the city can prepare.
The Champions League parade would coincide with two other major events in the city, River Festival Liverpool and the Bordeaux Wine Festival – The River Festival Liverpool event would start earlier than advertised on Sunday to accommodate a parade.
Both parades would start from 4.00pm and would see the Liverpool FC team proudly parade their newly acquired trophy on an open top bus along Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront. The route starts at Allerton Maze and will travel North bound on Queens Drive towards the Fiveways roundabout and Rocket flyover. The journey will then continue along Queens Drive, Mill Bank, West Derby Road, Islington, Leeds Street, The Strand and the route finishing at Blundell Street.
The parade is expecting to attract hundreds of thousands of people, with this in mind the City Council is issuing key advice to 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 predicate 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, also an extended closure of the dock branch exit.
Travel advice is available at wwwmerseytravel.gov.uk to help spectators, workers and resident’s plan their journeys in advance. Live travel updates and alerts will also be available on the site or via the journey planner app.
Travel key points include:
- Consider walking, cycling or use public transport whenever possible.
- Be prepared for some changes to services, particularly for bus, due to delays and diversions.
- Allow time 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 as some diversions will be in place.
- The Mersey Ferries are a good cross river option, with regular services running between Seacombe and Liverpool – check www.merseyferries.co.uk for journey times on the day of travel.
- Passengers travelling on the Wirral line before, during or after the parade should use Liverpool Central, Northern Line passengers should use Moorfields. These stations are best set up to manage a large number of people.