Abbotsford Wharf upgrade

The NSW Government is upgrading Abbotsford Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program. Construction started on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Artist’s impression of the new Abbotsford Wharf
Artist’s impression of the new Abbotsford Wharf

Updates and announcements

Abbotsford Wharf is closed during the wharf upgrade, from Wednesday 7 February 2018 for about four months.

During the upgrade of Abbotsford Wharf, customers will be able to catch a temporary bus service, route 437, operating between Abbotsford Wharf and Chiswick shopping centre, with a four minute walk to Chiswick Wharf to connect with F3 Parramatta River services.

During the temporary closure of Abbotsford Wharf, limited stop peak hour ferry services currently serving Abbotsford will stop at Chiswick Wharf. Customers should check timetable and trip planning options when planning their trip. Ferry services to other wharves will not be affected.

Customers travelling to or from the city can also catch existing bus service 438 / L38 from Abbotsford to Martin Place or the 504 / X04 bus service from the corner of Great North Road to the Queen Victoria Building.

Customers are encouraged to allow extra time for their journeys and to plan their trip by visiting or by calling 131500.

For more information about alternative transport during construction you can view or download the latest notification (PDF, 195Kb) or poster (PDF, 508Kb).

Project background

The upgrade of Abbotsford Wharf is part of a wider program of transport improvements for the Parramatta River, including upgraded wharves, increased ferry services and procurement of four new ferries for the Parramatta River.

This program has already delivered new facilities at Neutral Bay, Rose Bay, Balmain (Thames Street), Huntleys Point, Cremorne Point, Mosman Bay, Drummoyne, Balmain East, Sydney Olympic Park, Pyrmont Bay, Meadowbank, McMahons Point, Cockatoo Island and Chiswick and Milsons Point.

For more information on the Abbotsford Wharf Upgrade please view or download the latest Community update.

The new Abbotsford wharf

The upgraded wharf is designed to provide customers with an improved public transport experience.

The upgraded wharf would provide:

  • protection from the wind, rain and sun
  • improved seating and waiting areas
  • improved access for mobility impaired customers and customers with prams
  • quicker and more efficient ferry boarding and disembarking
  • effective wayfinding signage
  • new lighting.

What to expect during the upgrade

Construction will take about four months to complete, weather and maritime conditions permitting. Activities during construction will include:

  • establishing the site compound
  • installing fencing, site hoarding and sheds
  • removing the existing wharf
  • installing steel piles
  • upgrading the remaining section of the bridge structure including new cover
  • installing the new covered pontoon connected to the entry bridge by the new covered gangway
  • installing new seating and glass weather screening on the pontoon
  • upgrading the existing stairs leading from Werrell Reserve
  • marking a new kiss and ride zone
  • installing new bicycle racks.

A temporary construction site compound will be established for the duration of the project. The exact location will be determined following further discussion with City of Canada Bay Council.

For more information on what to expect during construction view of download the project poster.

Alternative transport during construction

Abbotsford Wharf will be closed during the wharf upgrade and alternative transport arrangements will be in place during construction.

For more information on alternative transport options during construction view or download the information poster here.

Community engagement

Initial consultation for the Abbotsford Wharf Upgrade was carried out in 2015. The feedback received helped us to understand our customer’s views about the current facilities and priorities for improvement. Following consultation and feedback on the proposed concept design in May and June 2017, the proposed design was revised to include cover on the gangway and a new covered wharf entry.

The Review of Environmental Factors was on display for public feedback in October 2017. Roads and Maritime has prepared a report responding to all of the issues raised in submissions received.

View or download the Submissions report.

Project documents

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