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 was on displayfor community feedback in 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

Consultation on the Review of Environmental Factors has closed.

We would like to thank everyone who took time to provide feedback.

All feedback will be considered and included in the Review of Environmental Factors.

Construction timing will be confirmed as the project progresses.

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 and Milsons Point.

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 bus service, operating between Abbotsford Wharf and Chiswick shopping centre, with a four minute walk to Chiswick wharf to connect with Parramatta River services.

The temporary bus service 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. 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. Any submissions received are being considered and will be included in a submissions report.

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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