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Ferry on the way

04 Apr 2013

The long-awaited Docklands commuter ferry service is one step closer to reality.

Planning minister Matthew Guy released a discussion paper last month reporting on the viability of a ferry service in Port Phillip Bay between Docklands, Williamstown, Point Cook, Werribee South, Geelong and Portarlington.

A ferry has long been called for in Docklands as a way of activating the waterways and encouraging visitation.

The discussion paper is the first step towards creating a ferry service and the initial report shows it is a feasible option within Melbourne’s transport network.  

Mr Guy said a ferry service could drive activity to tourism and business precincts.

The ferry service would also help to reduce traffic congestion for commuters in Melbourne’s western suburbs and would provide commuters with alternatives.

“If Melbourne is to grow sustainably we need to examine all aspects of commuter movement to keep our city liveable,” Mr Guy said.

The discussion paper identifies two preferred sites for a ferry terminal in Docklands if the ferry service goes ahead.

One option is the north side of the Yarra River near Collins Landing but the report identifies that due to the silting in the area maintenance dredging would be required.

Another option for a Docklands ferry terminal identified by the report is Harbour Esplanade south.

The report suggests that both sites could potentially be used for ferry terminals with services stopping at Harbour Esplanade when there are events at Etihad and near Collins Landing for commuter services.

Mr Guy said further work would be completed to explore the final feasibility of various route options including a review of speed limits on the Yarra River and consideration of any conflicts with the Port of Melbourne.

The final report on the ferry service is likely to be completed by mid-2013 and will identify the conditions where ferry services would be viable and the service conditions necessary for it to be an attractive alternative to road or rail.

The final report will also provide a forecast of commuter and recreational passenger demands and will outline the necessary infrastructure investments required for a ferry service.  

Readers can view the ferry service discussion paper and make comments and suggestions at http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning

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