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    southy wrote:
    You lot do relise why White star/Cunard came to Southampton in the frist place, it was about cost of leaving Liverpool then having to sail into the Channel to visit a french port to pick up passengers, With that French port not recieving many passengers ships any longer, because its to easy to travel from one place to another, its no wonder that Cunard is or has thought about Liverpool again, it might be a no this time but it will come up again in the future.
    Southy when are you going to Liverpool?
    You can't stand this city & most people would say go it's your time so why not go & write posts in Liverpools local paper & get them telling you to go!
    You say that Southampton should be for Southampton people. You say we should go back to the heavy manufacturing base we had? When?
    then you come out with pro Liverpool statements?
    If the only way your TUSC can get votes is if we're all on the dole then give up & go"
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Cunard quashes rumours of transatlantic cruises from Liverpool

Cunard quashes rumours of transatlantic cruises from Liverpool

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2

First published in Business Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Shipping & Heritage Reporter

Southampton-based Cunard has categorically denied new reports that the company is to operate transatlantic voyages from the Mersey.

Cunard, which operates Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria from Southampton, is angry over what it says is totally false information.

In a terse statement the company said: “Cunard Line would like to clarify that they have no plans for transatlantic voyages from Liverpool to New York in 2012, 2013 or in the future.

“Cunard will continue to operate its successful transatlantic voyages from its home port of Southampton.’’

Many believe the reports are just another element of Liverpool’s campaign to persuade the Government that the northern port should be allowed to become a “turn-around’’ base for cruise ships.

It is now also being claimed in Liverpool this long-standing row has been “resolved’’, opening the way for cruise ships to operate from the city.

In fact the Government has made no decision and the EU, which supplied part of the public funding, is also taking a close look at Liverpool’s plans.

The long running wrangle centres around Liverpool’s attempts to use a multi-million pound handout of public money to develop and expand dockside facilities.

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Southampton and other UK docks, which rely purely on private investment, are demanding Liverpool pay back all of the public funding so competition between the ports is on a “level playing field’’.

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