Have your Say on the Proposed Changes to Woolwich and Huntleys Point Ferry Routes

As you will no doubt be aware there are major changes proposed for the above routes which will have an adverse effect on the suburb’s commuters in terms of lengthened journeys and will mean considerable inconvenience particularly for the elderly and those travelling with children or luggage.

Transport for NSW and Sydney Ferries operator Transdev are currently consulting with communities along the Parramatta River and Sydney Harbour to review the frequency and routes of the F3 and F8 ferry services from Woolwich and Huntleys Point and many residents have already communicated with Transdev. There is currently a petition with over 800 signatures. 

The changes are as follows:

Woolwich Ferry (F8)
Woolwich, Greenwich Point and Birchgrove – to and from Barangaroo. The ferry will no longer stop at Balmain wharf or provide direct travel to Circular Quay. Change at Barangaroo “for other enhanced ferry services, including the F4 City Connector”

Huntleys Point Ferry (F3)
Abbotsford to Barangaroo – all stops including Cockatoo Island, Balmain and Balmain East. This route will increase the current commute time. Change at Balmain East to continue to Circular Quay

While it is recognised that there are problems of overcrowding at Circular Quay and that some travellers will benefit from embarking at Barangaroo the following solutions must also be considered:

  1. Create more space for ferries at Circular Quay by transferring commercial boat operators to Barangaroo
  2. Use the Opera side of Circular Quay for ferries
  3. Allow the F3 and F8 ferry routes to call at Barangaroo BUT to then continue on to Circular Quay.

There are several opportunities for you to provide feedback but time is running out and this must be received by Friday 14th February 

  1. Access the Transdev site which will provide you with further information on what is being proposed. Feedback and suggestions are invited here: https://yoursay.transdev.com.au/2021-proposed-service-changes
  2. Attend the community meeting being held by Hunters Hill Council with TRANSDEV on Thursday 13 February 6-7pm at Hunters Hill Town Hall. There will be an opportunity to sign a petition prior to the meeting.

Further information via this link https://huntershill.com.au/events/community-meeting-drastic-ferry-timetable-changes-proposal/

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  1. Posted February 9, 2020 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Transdev’s proposal for changes to the F8 CockatooIsland route are preposterous, distressing and destructive of an existing, perfectly satisfactory route to Circular Quay.
    Circular Quay gives ferry passengers immediate access to rail, bus and light rail, to such destinations as CBD, the Airport, Eastern and Western suburbs. Further more it provides easy access to the Opera House, MCA, the Rocks, Botanic Gardens, State Library, the cultural life of Sydney.

    Barangaroo offers no such easy access, instead a very steep hill to Wynyard.
    The proposal can be anything but time saving if, in order to reach the Quay, a change of ferry is required at Barangaroo.
    It discriminates against the elderly and school children but also commuters in general. It is beyond comprehension that Barangaroo could be considered a convenient destination for most people going about their daily lives. Commonsense must prevail.

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