The 1970s brought economic difficulties and a steady decline in employment in Liverpool. The traditional manufacturing industries went into further sharp decline and factories were closing. An average of 12,000 people each year were leaving the city, and 15% of its land was vacant or derelict. The decline of the British manufacturing industry played a big part.
Some positive things also happened in the 1970s, the city became a metropolitan district within the newly created metropolitan county of Merseyside. Liverpool Exchange railway station was closed after 127 years and partially turned into a car park.
The following historical pictures show what Liverpool looked like in the 1970s.