Wharf Upgrade Program

The NSW Government is progressively upgrading ferry wharves across Sydney to improve ferry services for customers. The new wharves are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program - an initiative to deliver modern, safe and accessible transport infrastructure across the state.

Factsheets/information sheets

In designing the new wharves a number of considerations need to be taken into account such as accessibility, the environment, customer safety and amenity, future demand and ferry operations. These are outlined in the Design Considerations factsheet.

The NSW Government has announced its latest proposal to deliver accessibility upgrades and interchange improvements at eight ferry wharves, including Birchgrove, Cockatoo Island, Chiswick, Abbotsford, Cabarita, Meadowbank, Rydalmere and Parramatta.

Upgrades have been delivered at Meadowbank, Chiswick and Cockatoo Island. Milsons Point Wharf has also been expanded to increase service capacity.

Current projects

Customer benefits

The Transport Access Program will provide the following benefits:

  • Improved customer amenity such as protection from the wind, rain and sun, seating and waiting areas
  • Improved safety for customers
  • Improved access for mobility impaired customers and customers with prams
  • Quicker and more efficient boarding and disembarking
  • Increased wharf capacity for future growth of ferry services
  • More efficient interchanges with other modes of transport, both public and private and better way finding signage.

Wharf design

The Wharf Upgrade program has been designed to create a distinctive theme for Sydney Harbour. The design aims to unify and identify the harbour wharves and the ferry commuter transport system.

Providing wheelchair access at the ferry wharves is another key feature of the upgrades. There are currently 26 wharves serviced by Sydney Ferries that are now accessible for wheelchair users. This will increase as the rest of the wharves in this program are upgraded, providing more options to move around Sydney on public transport.

Completed projects

For further information on the Wharf Upgrade Program, email WharfUpgradeProgram@rms.nsw.gov.au

View or download more information on wharf design objectives.

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