According to reports the digger crashed through the main entrance of the property over an alleged £600 pay dispute, destroying the doors, reception desk and windows. Merseyside Police were called to the property at 3pm on 21 January 2019.
Ceiling fixer Samuel White told the BBC at the time that the driver was involved in a pay dispute over £600 with contractors at the hotel.
He said: “The handover was today. Everything completed, we’d put the last tile in, cleaned up and made sure everything was perfect. Then some idiot in a mini digger decided to drive through the middle of the building.
“There were loads of workers outside all gobsmacked, jaws to the floor wondering what’s going on. The site manager was running around like a headless chicken, he wasn’t happy at all.”
A 35-year-old man from the Netherton area was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage with intent to endanger life shortly after the incident, and appeared at South Sefton Magistrates Court on 15 Feb.
Commenting on the opening, Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokesperson, said: “To celebrate the opening of Liverpool Edge Lane Travelodge, our 581st hotel, we are very excited to have created an instragrammable postcard, paying homage to the city’s greatest assets.
“It’s the perfect backdrop to capture the essence of what makes Liverpool so great in just one image. This picture truly is worth a thousand words and the ideal keepsake.”