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The route for Liverpool FC’s potential Champions League victory parade has been extended.
The Mayor of Liverpool has agreed with Merseyside Police to lengthen the original 3.5 mile route by 1.5 miles, with it now ending at the Green Lane roundabout.
The change follows talks with Scottish Power who have confirmed to the Mayor they are able to complete emergency cable repairs in time to enable the parade bus to go further than previously planned.
If Jurgen Klopp’s team triumph in Kiev tomorrow night, Liverpool city council will formally invite the club to hold the parade the following day – Sunday, 27 May – as requested by the club.
The potential parade will take place when Liverpool is staging two major events – Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta and the Bordeaux Wine Festival – which alone are expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the city’s waterfront.
The route would start from midday, is expected to last for a couple of hours, and will see the Liverpool FC team parade the Champions League trophy on an open top bus, travelling along Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.
The route starts at the Parliament Street/The Strand junction, with the new extension in bold:
The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta event will take place later than advertised on Sunday to accommodate the parade if it takes place.
Due to the volume of people expected over the weekend for the festivals there will be a lane closure in both directions on The Strand starting at 8am on Saturday, ending at 8pm on the Bank Holiday Monday.
And if Liverpool defeat Madrid then The Strand will close completely from 8am on Sunday and will reopen when it is deemed safe.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “There has been a huge amount of debate about the potential victory parade and we’ve listened to all the feedback from fans as to how we can make it as accessible as possible on the Sunday.
“We accepted advice from our transport partners and the police that alternative routes such as going past St George’s Hall and Anfield were simply not feasible due to the amount of police and stewards already deployed in the city centre for the weekend. Traffic congestion would have also been an issue especially for public transport which will be critical to keeping the city moving.
“Thanks to Scottish Power being able to complete their emergency works we can now extend the route to five miles to finish at Green Lane. This is the route’s absolute maximum length that can be managed and policed. This extension gives more people the chance to see the parade and should disperse the numbers over a greater area making it safer for everyone to enjoy.
“The club requested the parade takes place on the Sunday, and even though it’s already a busy day for the city, we want to make sure we are ready to give them the welcome they deserve should they win.
“We continue to work closely with LFC, Merseyside Police and our travel partners to ensure that the event runs smoothly and safely for everyone to enjoy.
“We’re keeping everything crossed for the final and hope the team and the fans do Liverpool proud in Kiev as they have throughout the competition.”
Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said: “We have been working closely with Liverpool city council and Liverpool Football Club and are supportive of the decision to extend the route of the potential homecoming parade by a further 1.5 miles.
“We will continue to support the council to ensure the event goes ahead safely and that disruption to regular road users and people living and visiting the city can be minimised as much as possible. For safety reasons and taking into account traffic considerations, on what will be an exceptionally busy Sunday for the city, this will be the maximum length the parade can be extended to.
“I would ask people intending to come to this parade to ensure they given themselves enough time to arrive and decide how they are going to get to the city given how busy the public transport networks and the roads will be. I would also ask that people use the whole route to view the parade because you will see exactly the same thing wherever you stand along the route to see it.
“Anyone attending needs to be sensible and ensure their own safety and I would advise against putting yourself or others in danger by climbing anything to see the parade. Given the players will be on a bus there is no need to do this and you will be able to see adequately from the side of the road.
“We wish Liverpool every success and are proud of their achievements in representing this city!”
Potential victory parade – Key advice for fans:
Motorists are advised that the city centre is expected to be extremely busy, and with this in mind they should use public transport where possible and failing that plan their journeys in and out of the city carefully.
It is expected there will be significant disruption around the parade route and travel advice and information will be made available as soon as possible. However, key points include:
Wayne Menzies Merseytravel’s Head of Rail and Chair of the Major Events Transport Board, said: “We have been working closely with transport operators, Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and other partners to ensure that we are doing all we can to help people get to the parade and home again safely, if it does go ahead.
“It’s really important that people plan their journeys and there will be plenty of advice and information available to keep them up to date on the travel picture.”
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