New South Wales (NSW) Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has revealed plans to build a new ferry hub at Barangaroo, to transport Sydney Ferry services in 2016.
A tender has already been issued to invite proposals for project planning, while the wharf is expected to be ready for customers in 2016.
Berejiklian said: "The NSW Government committed to building a new ferry wharf and interchange hub at Barangaroo as part of Sydney’s Ferry Future; a blueprint to expand the ferry network over the next 20 years.
"I am pleased to announce a tender has been released for the preparation of an environmental assessment for the new ferry hub at Barangaroo.
"Preliminary site investigations for the project will also begin in the coming months and community consultation will be carried out later this year."
The new ferry hub is being constructed to serve Sydney’s newest commercial district and will also mitigate future capacity constraints at Circular Quay and connect ferry customers to the city centre through Wynyard Walk.
Wynyard Walk is a pedestrian link between Barangaroo and Wynyard Station, and is scheduled for completion in late 2015.
In order to ensure smooth transit during construction of Barangaroo Ferry Hub, ferry customers can travel to Barangaroo through the existing King Street Wharf.
"A new ferry hub at Barangaroo will provide room for additional ferry services from the Parramatta River to Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, as well as direct access to and from the Eastern Suburbs and lower North Shore," Berejiklian said.
Image: Ships moored at Circular Quay, Sydney. Photo: courtesy of Merbabu.