Commuter Wharf Upgrade Program, Sydney

Completed: 2010 - 2013 and ongoing

Around 14.7 million trips are made on the Sydney Harbour ferry network every year. There are 47 commuter wharves in Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River. The Wharf Upgrade Program aims to modernise wharves and represents a new approach to ferry infrastructure.

The new wharves, developed from the prototype constructed at Milsons Point, are architect designed and purpose built to provide a sophisticated public space for commuters and tourists. Optimising the vistas available at wharf locations on Sydney Harbour is a major factor in design considerations. Comfort and functionality are of paramount concern in the design, ensuring adequate space and amenity is provided to patrons. Generously proportioned ramps and pathways facilitate easy passenger flow.

The new designs allow for the use of dual gangways to reduce dwell times at wharves as well as providing wheelchair access, hearing loops for the hearing impaired, aids for visual impairment, improved customer information and the new Opal ticketing system. Value for money was provided through the selection of materials that minimise ongoing maintenance costs.

The current program has delivered new wharves at Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, Rose Bay, Balmain (Thames Street), and Huntleys Point. Further wharf upgrades will be progressively delivered in the coming years.

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