Abbotsford Wharf upgrade

The NSW Government is upgrading Abbotsford Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program. Planning for the new wharf is currently underway. As part of the planning process the Review of Environmental Factors has been prepared and will be displayed for community feedback until Wednesday 25 October 2017. Timing for the start of work will be advised when the planning process is complete and the Review of Environmental Factors is finalised.

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

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services have prepared a Review of Environmental Factors for the proposal, which will be displayed for community feedback until Wednesday 25 October 2017.

The Review of Environmental Factors outlines details of the proposed upgrade, potential project impact and how this will be managed. The Review of Environmental Factors considers and assesses potential environmental factors. Customer experience, operational requirements and feedback from previous consultation have also been considered in the planning process.

View or download the Review of Environmental Factors (PDF, 6.0Mb) and Appendices (PDF, 22.5Mb).

You can also view the Review of Environmental Factors at the following locations:

  • Five Dock Library, 4-12 Garfield Street, Five Dock
  • Roads and Maritimes Service Head Office, 20-44 Ennis Road, Milsons Point

Feedback must be received by Wednesday 25 October and can be sent to:

For more information on the Abbotsford Wharf Upgrade please view or download the latest Community update (PDF, 1.33Mb) or Project overview (PDF, 1.17Mb).

Project background

The upgrade is part of the major progressive upgrade of ferry wharves across Sydney Harbour which aims to improve Sydney’s ferry services for customers, delivering accessible, safe, comfortable public transport infrastructure with capacity for extra ferry services. New and upgraded wharves and interchanges are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program.

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.

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

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 and lighting.

For more information on the upgraded wharf design please view or download the factsheet.

What to expect during the upgrade

The upgrade of the wharf at Abbotsford would take about four months to complete, weather and maritime conditions permitting. Construction is expected to start in early 2018 following careful consideration of all feedback received and approval of the final plans. It is expected that:

  • some night work would be required when the water is at its calmest
  • a temporary construction compound would be established on land
  • construction workers and equipment would usually be transported to and from the site by water.

For more information on what to expect during construction please view or download the factsheet.

Alternative transport during construction

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

Customers would be able to catch a temporary shuttle bus 437, operating between Abbotsford Wharf and Chiswick shopping centre, with a four minute walk to Chiswick wharf to connect with Parramatta River services.

The 437 would stop at all stops along Great North Road and Blackwall Point Road between Abbotsford Wharf and Chiswick shopping centre.

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

The temporary closure of Abbotsford Wharf would not affect the timetable for ferry services to other wharves.

For more information on alternative transport during construction please view or download the alternative transport information factsheets.

We encourage customers to plan their trip at transportnsw.info or call Transport Info on 131 500 or by visiting to use the trip planner.

Customers would need to allow extra time for your journey.

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.

We are currently seeking community feedback in regards to the Review of Environmental Factors.

Have your say

The Review of Environmental Factors has been produced and will be displayed for community feedback from Wednesday 20 September to Wednesday 25 September 2017.

Feedback and comments are due by Wednesday 25 September 2017.

For more information on the process please view or download the information sheet.

Project documents

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