The new ferries are part of the NSW Government’s 20 year plan to modernise and expand Sydney’s ferry network plus upgrade wharves, add additional routes, improve travel times and provide more services.
Sydney based architects One2three will prepare concept designs for the new ferries before the government sends out a major construction tender later this year.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said the government wants the architects to combine the iconic heritage of Sydney’s ferries with modern, customer friendly elements.
“The new ferries will be designed to carry about 400 passengers and operate in the inner harbour, serving all routes between Rydalmere in the west and Watsons Bay in the east,” she said.
The upgrades follow on from a year of Sydney Ferries’ service improvements such as:
- Wharf upgrades.
- Opal electronic ticketing across all ferry services.
- 55 extra weekly ferry services.
- New uniforms for ferry staff, so customers can easily identify them.
- Longer operation hours that better match demand and routes with consistent stopping patterns.