New ferries for the Parramatta River
Ferry customers along the Parramatta River can look forward to cruising on new ferries, with the NSW Government set to invest in four vessels for the route, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced today.
“With the introduction of six new ferries across Sydney Harbour almost completed, we are now turning our attention to the ferry customers who travel along the Parramatta River,” Mr Constance said.
“Western Sydney has taken off in recent years. Whether as a place to build a business or build a home, we have seen an unparalleled growth in the west, with Parramatta at the heart of the growth in the region.
“We have invested heavily in delivering more trains, more buses, better roads, and the Metro West and Parramatta Light Rail are on their way. There have never been more options and better connections between Sydney and the Western Suburbs across all modes of transport.
“But regular ferry customers will tell you that there is no more relaxing and scenic way to travel along the Parramatta River, which explains the enduring popularity of the service.
Member for Drummoyne, John Sidoti said improving ferry connections was crucial to local communities.
“Ferry patronage has become increasingly popular, with one in five ferry trips in Sydney travelling along this route,” Mr Sidoti
“The new vessels will support the needs of customers travelling along the Parramatta River and continue our commitment to the West.
“Since 2011, more than 250 additional weekly ferry services have been introduced across the Sydney Ferries network.
“In June we, added more than 30 additional weekly ferry services along the Parramatta River to support growing demand at key times. We will be adding even more services later in the year.”
From today, a select group of experienced ferry builders will be requested to submit an Expression of Interest for the project.