Work to start after community helps shape Berowra Waters ferry ramps upgrade


11 May 2020

Transport for NSW today announced import work will commence to upgrade the Berowra Waters ferry ramps, and a free pedestrian ferry will be in place for the community while work takes place.

“The Berowra Waters ferry is an essential service for local residents, commuters and visitors to the area, ferrying about 23,000 vehicles and 4,000 pedestrians safely across Berowra Creek each month,” the spokesperson said.

“An upgrade is necessary to continue providing a safe and reliable service, and after reaching out to the community, we are pleased to announce work will soon be starting.”

Between November and December last year, 125 interested parties provided submissions about the upgrade, including concerns about pedestrian access, traffic detours and safety.

Based on the feedback, Transport for NSW will offer a free water taxi service to pedestrian and cyclists at peak times while the upgrade takes place, to ensure the local community can safely cross the river. However, due to the need for social distancing, the free service is limited to up to two bicycles at a time.

Once complete, the new ferry will provide a safer and more reliable river crossing, reduce the need for future closures and reduce maintenance costs.

The upgrade will take place from Monday 1 June for a six week period, weather permitting. This is slightly later than possible options discussed with the community and stakeholders late last year.

This is still an ideal time to carry out this work as ferry usage at this time is usually low, some of the work will occur during school holidays and there’s less people on the roads currently due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

During the upgrade, lengthy detours will be in place with a 19 kilometre detour for motorists travelling from Berrilee and Berowra via Galston, and a 16 kilometre detour for motorists travelling south on the Pacific Highway (M1) to Berowra Waters (west) or Berrilee, via Asquith. 

The community has been notified of the upcoming closure, and electronic signs will be in place ahead of time and during the upgrade to keep the community informed of detours. 

Transport for NSW encourages road users to plan ahead, allow extra travel time and avoid the area if possible during the closure. 

Transport for NSW thanks the community for their patience while the important work is carried out.For more information about the project and to view the response to submissions on the project, please visit: Berowra Waters Ferry upgrade,