Ministers Looking at New Ferry Run

Last month Mr Parker released a feasibility report suggesting there were enough potential commuters willing to catch the ferry to work in the CBD to justify new stops.

Central Sydney Magazine

19 October 2016

Jim O'Rourke

Move comes amid call for more services in light of development

A NEW ferry service from Glebe is a step closer after the NSW Government confirmed it was looking “very closely” at adding it to harbour ferry timetables.

There could be future services to Glebe, Annandale and Pyrmont, as well as to White Bay.

Balmain State Greens MP Jamie Parker asked a question in Parliament last week about whether, as part of development at Barangaroo, and the proposed transformation of the Bays Precinct, ferry wharves would be built at Glebe Point and Johnstons Bay at Pyrmont.

Last month Mr Parker released a feasibility report suggesting there were enough potential commuters willing to catch the ferry to work in the CBD to justify new stops. “A new wharf at Glebe could be the first in a series of new ferry wharves to service the inner west,” he said.

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The Glebe Ferry Feasibility Review, which Mr Parker gave to NSW transport authorities, found as many as 11,278 trips would be made each week by people going to and from work in the CBD or Glebe.

It suggested about 8 per cent – 601 commuters – of 7508 people living in Glebe and Forest Lodge who travelled outside the area to go to work would potentially catch the ferry.

There would also be high demand for the service from tourists, children travelling to and from school and general travellers into and out of the CBD.

On Wednesday, in replying to Mr Parker’s question about new inner west ferries, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said he and Planning Minister Rob Stokes were looking carefully at transport planning across the Bays Precinct.

“I can confirm it is under consideration,” Mr Constance told Parliament. “And of course with the development we’ll see across the Bays Precinct, it only makes sense for us to be looking very closely at ferries as a means to provide transport solutions.”

Mr Parker said he was delighted by the response.

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“It is clear from the response of the Transport Minister that he recognises that the community is right to be pushing for this service,” he said.

 


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