Council forced to plan for unlikely Liverpool FC victory parade
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities
Liverpool City Council forced to plan for unlikely victory parade
Council chiefs on Merseyside have been forced to plan for a victory parade should Liverpool win the Premier League even though the club looks increasingly unlikely to do so.
Manchester City only require a point from their final game against unfancied West Ham to lift the title after beating Aston Villa last night.
However, due to the major logistics behind an event of this scale, the city council has no choice but to plan ahead and today released details of the proposed route to help residents and businesses prepare.
Should Liverpool win the title on Sunday, the city council says it will then formally invite them to hold a victory parade in the city the following day (Monday 12 May). It will start at 5pm and is expected to last for several hours, with roads on the route closed from 3.30pm.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “We know many people are superstitious and don’t want to think about a victory parade until the title is in the bag, but unfortunately that isn’t an option for those involved in organising an event of this scale.
“Whether we have a parade depends on the results on Sunday, but due to the number of roads being closed and the impact this has on businesses and residents, it makes sense that we are as prepared as we can be. We need the information to be made public in order to cause as little disruption as possible.
“There is of course the safety element as well – we will undoubtedly see massive numbers of people head into the city to mark this fantastic achievement and we want people to be able to celebrate safely the success of their team.
“If you are going to watch the parade, please make sure you make use of the full length of the route, so that the team can be cheered on for the full length of the parade.
“We always want both our teams to do well in the league, and whatever the outcome, we’ll be massively proud of their achievements this season.”
The proposed route starts on West Derby Road, at the junction of Green Lane, and will head towards the city centre travelling along:
King Edward Street
Wapping/Chaloner Street (junction of Sefton Street), where it will end.
If it takes place, the parade is expected attract hundreds and thousands of people, so the city council has key advice for fans:
Utilise the full length of the route. There will be no central focal point to the parade and the bus will not be stopping along the way.
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, it is anticipated there will be long queues for public transport.