Roads and Maritime Services is proposing to upgrade the ferry ramps at the Berowra Water Ferry.
MAY 2020Close of consultation and start of work
Transport for NSW would like to thank everyone who took the time to consider our proposal and provide feedback. Following a review of the comments, we have prepared a Submissions Report (PDF, 1.71Mb) which summarises the feedback and our responses.More information
In our consultation, we proposed two potential timeframes for the work.
The options were:
- between Wednesday 8 April and Wednesday 20 May 2020 (the earlier option)
- between Monday 18 May and Monday 29 June 2020 (the later option).
Of the 128 submissions received, 48 submissions chose the earlier options, 60 chose the later option and 20 did not select a preferred date. Local businesses also preferred the later option. Monthly ferry usage data also indicates the ferry is less busy in the later option.
Our preference has been to carry out this work in line with the community’s preference for the later option. Unfortunately the start of the work will be slightly later than originally outlined. However, indicative ferry usage numbers at this time are still low, some of the work will occur during school holidays and we still anticipate the number of people moving on the road network will be lower than normal due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
We will be offering a free pedestrian and cyclist water taxi service while the upgrade takes place.
The water taxi will run:
- between 7am and 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- between 7am and 9.30pm on Friday
- between 7am and 9.30pm on Saturday
- between 7am and 7pm on Sunday and public holidays.
Depending on passenger usage and feedback, we may adjust these hours slightly to suit community needs. If we need to make any changes, we’ll put signs on both the eastern and western public wharves.
The water taxi can accommodate cyclists and their bicycles. However, it will be limited in size and there is a need to maintain appropriate social distancing on board. The water taxi will only be able to take one or two bicycles at a time. Pedestrian access to cross Berowra Creek with be prioritised. To avoid long wait times, we would encourage cyclists, particularly larger groups, to not include a crossing at Berowra Creek as part of their cycling routes during the ferry closure. Thank you for your understanding.
If you have particular special needs or circumstances in relation to the ferry crossing during the closure, we would like to work with you on an appropriate solution to help you maintain connectivity across the creek during this time. Please contact us on 1800 861 855 if you would like to discuss your circumstances further.
View or download the May 2020 Project Update (PDF, 569Kb).
The Berowra Water Ferry delivers an essential service to the local community and visitors. The ferry provides safe passage over Berowra Creek to 23,000 vehicles and almost 4,000 pedestrians each month.
The ferry ramps have been in place for around 10 years and are at the end of their life. We need to upgrade them to continue providing a safe and reliable ferry service to the local community and visitors.
The work would take six weeks and would require the ferry to be closed during this time.
While we are carrying out the work, we would:
- close the ferry service for six weeks, requiring a significant detour
- build temporary dams around each of the ramps, also known as cofferdams, to pump out the water so we have a dry work environment to carry out the upgrades
- set up temporary buildings on both sides of the creek for workers and to store equipment
- do as much work offsite as possible, for example making the new ramps, to help speed up the process and reduce the impact on the local community.
The new ramps will extend the lifespan of the Berowra Water Ferry service another 10 years, with ongoing maintenance.
The project would:
- replace the eastern and western ferry ramps at Berowra Waters – the new ramps would be built over the existing structures
- install underwater barriers around the new ramps to reduce wear and tear from tides and sediment
- resurface the road approach to the new ferry ramps
- update the line marking on the road approaching the ferry ramps.
The project would:
- ensure a safe, reliable ferry service
- extend the lifespan of the ferry
- help keep visitors coming to the local area.
Work on the upgrade will start on Monday 1 June 2020. This work will take six weeks and will require the ferry to temporarily close.
While the ferry will be closed, Bay Road and Berowra Waters Road will remain open to all road users.
We will be on site for 35 day shifts between Monday 1 June and Monday 13 July, weather permitting. We will not work on public holidays.
Our work hours will be between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday.
For more information please contact the project team on:
Phone: 1800 861 855