Second Freshwater ferry retained
A second Freshwater class vessel will continue to operate on Sydney Harbour, following further consultation and feedback from the community.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the oldest in the fleet, the MV Freshwater, will continue to operate alongside the MV Collaroy on weekends.
“I want to thank the local member for Manly who has continued to fight on behalf of his community to save an additional Freshwater,” Mr Constance said.
“This decision is about balancing the needs of all our customers, with the community feedback and additional maintenance costs, and moving forward with a solution that we can all get onboard with.”
The two Freshwaters will see services run between Circular Quay and Manly every hour on weekends and public holidays, year round.
“Weekday commuters, who want faster and more frequent services, will be served exclusively by the new generation Emerald class vessels, which are fully accessible, more energy efficient and cheaper to run,” Mr Constance said.
Member for Manly James Griffin has welcomed the decision to save a second Freshwater class ferry on the Manly to Circular Quay route.
“I want to thank the Minister for Transport and Transport for NSW for listening to my community’s feedback and retaining another Freshwater,” Mr Griffin said.
“This decision strikes the right balance between keeping the grand old boats for tourists and residents who want to enjoy the scenic trip to Manly on weekends and public holidays, and a more frequent service that commuters want during the week.”
The Freshwater will temporarily cease operation in the first quarter of 2021 while it undergoes major maintenance.
During this time, the remaining three Freshwater ferries will continue to run services.
The Narrabeen and Queenscliff will officially retire around the middle of the year when the Freshwater returns from major maintenance and the Emerald Class vessels begin operation on the F1 Circular Quay – Manly route.
Transport for NSW will update the community about farewell plans for the MV Queenscliff and MV Narrabeen early this year.
All four Freshwater class vessels will operate throughout this summer.