New Parramatta River ferries for locals

FOUR new ferries are coming to the Parramatta River to serve passengers from the City of Ryde, City of Canada Bay and Hunters Hill.

The new ferries were announced last week by State Transport Minister Andrew Constance, Drummoyne MP John Sidoti, Parramatta MP Dr Geoff Lee and Ryde Clr Sarkis Yedelian.

“With the introduction of six new ferries across Sydney Harbour almost completed, we are now turning our attention to the ferry customers who travel along the Parramatta River,” Mr Constance said.

“We have invested heavily in delivering more trains, more buses, better roads, and the Metro West and Parramatta Light Rail are on their way but regular ferry customers will tell you that there is no more relaxing and scenic way to travel along the Parramatta River, which explains the enduring popularity of the service.”

Mr Sidoti said improving ferry connections was crucial to local communities.

“Ferry patronage has become increasingly popular, with one in five ferry trips in Sydney travelling along this route,” Mr Sidoti said

“The new vessels will support the needs of customers travelling along the Parramatta River and continue our commitment which has seen more than 250 additional weekly ferry services introduced across the Sydney Ferries network in the last few years.

“In June we, added more than 30 additional weekly ferry services along the Parramatta River to support growing demand at key times.

“We will be adding even more services later in the year.”

Drummoyne MP John Sidoti, Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee MP and City of Ryde Councillor Clr Sarkis Yedelian announced new ferry services last week.