NEW and improved ferry services between the North Shore, CBD and Eastern Suburbs are set to start, with the NSW Government last week announcing two new routes to commence this October.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian also announced the introduction of an extra 85 weekly ferry services, which will provide improved routes and more frequency where customers need it.
"These changes will make Sydney's world famous Harbour a much more attractive transport alternative for commuters," Ms Berejiklian said.
The new cross-harbour route will provide direct connections between the CBD, Inner West, North Shore and the Eastern Suburbs.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the new route will stop at key wharves across the inner harbour. They will operate to a 20 minute frequency during the peak and 30 minutes during the day.
"There will also be more peak services at wharves such as Pyrmont, Balmain East, McMahons Point and Milsons Point."
"This Government has been investing heavily in the ferry network since March 2011 and these new services will make it even more practical for all the tourists who visit as well as those who use ferries for their daily commute," Ms Berejiklian said.
The two new routes to be introduced are:
- The F4 Cross Harbour route will stop at Pyrmont, Barangaroo, Balmain East, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Circular Quay, Rose Bay, and Watsons Bay. This will deliver smarter journeys with ferries operating in both directions on the new F4 Cross Harbour route. Currently, services between Pyrmont and King Street Wharf operate in one direction only.
- The F7 Eastern Suburbs route will travel between Double Bay, Darling Point, Garden Island, and Circular Quay.
The Barangaroo Ferry Hub is set to open in time for the additional services which will serve as a critical component in a better, more integrated ferry network.
Six new ultramodern ferries will be introduced throughout the year, to serve the increased cross-harbour demand.