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

Out of hours work is required to lift sections of the new wharf, including the pontoon and gangway, into position and will take place at Abbotsford Wharf between Monday 16 April and Friday 4 May, weather and maritime conditions permitting.

Night work will be carried out between 11pm and 7am for up to 10 nights.

We thank you for your patience during this work and apologise for any inconvenience.

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.

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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