26 September 2023

On-demand ferry trial grounded

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Transport for NSW has announced that a trial of on-demand ferry services in Sydney harbour is to be extended and relaunched later this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson for Transport for NSW said the on-demand trial service was connecting customers from wharves at the Fish Markets, Blackwattle Bay and Pirrama Park with Barangaroo.

“There have been around 15,500 customer trips since it launched in October 2019,” the spokesperson said.

“Planning is underway for the service to resume in around six months following a detailed analysis of the initial trial.

“Our priority is providing customers with accessibility and flexibility when it comes to their travel.”

The spokesperson said the initial feedback and patronage from the past six months had been encouraging.

“However this is an opportunity to explore what other areas in the region may benefit from an On Demand ferry and to ensure that when the service does resume, it is a great option for people travelling in Sydney.”

The spokesperson said Transport for NSW would take time to assess all elements of the on-demand ferry trial prior to resuming the service and before it recommenced the Agency would consider possible changes to wharves and routes.

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