FOLLOWING last night’s historic win in Madrid, the triumphant Reds will be taking to the streets today in a victory parade from 4pm.
The Champions League parade will take place when Liverpool is already staging two major events – River Festival Liverpool and the Bordeaux Wine Festival – which are already expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the waterfront.
The parade will see the Liverpool FC team 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. From there it will journey along Queens Drive, Mill Bank, West Derby Road, Islington, Leeds Street, The Strand with the route finishing at Blundell Street.
The River Festival Liverpool event will start earlier than advertised on Sunday to accommodate the parade.
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 be periodic closures of the Queensway Tunnel, as the parade passes close by, and an extended closure of the dock branch exit.
Travel advice is available at www.merseytravel.gov.uk to help spectators, workers and residents plan their journeys in advance.
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 – 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.
‘Live’ travel updates and alerts will be available from Merseytravel at www.merseytravel.gov.uk, or via the journey planner app, and on Twitter @Merseytravel, #LFCparade