2020 Service Changes

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Transport for NSW and Sydney Ferries operator Transdev are committed to delivering the best possible ferry services for you.

You have told us that you want to see more frequent services and we have heard you, which is why planning is underway to add up to 700 more services to timetables over the next two years, as well as a trial of new On Demand ferries.

We are asking you for feedback about proposed services changes planned for 2021. To find out more details about the proposed changes, and to provide your feedback, visit the project pages accessible from the homepage.

This consultation process is conducted by Transdev on behalf of Transport for NSW.

In the meantime, we will be implementing key changes to the network next year: from mid 2020, we will be delivering an additional 400 extra trips on the F1 Manly and F4 Cross Harbour routes.


What will be changing in 2020?

F4 Cross Harbour route split

To deliver more frequent services when and where they are needed, the existing F4 Cross Harbour route will be separated into an East and West route.

The East route, the F9, will operate between Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Circular Quay.

The West route, renamed F4 City Connector, will operate between Circular Quay , Barangaroo and Pyrmont, and include Milsons Point, McMahons Point and Balmain East.Split of the F4 Cross Harbour route map

You will benefit from more frequent services on the West route (Circular Quay, Milsons Point, McMahons Point, Balmain East, Pyrmont, Barangaroo), whilst frequency on the East route will remain unchanged.


F1 Manly services improvements

The frequency of services between Circular Quay and Manly will be improved from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes on weekdays, and every 10 minutes during the day on weekends. The improved frequency, especially on weekends when demand is at its highest, will give customers more choice in when they travel.

To enable this change we will introduce three brand new Emerald Class ferries. These vessels are fully accessible with capacity for around 400 customers. The new vessels have been designed to deliver a superior customer experience and will add to the iconic Sydney Ferries fleet a new modern look.

They will also complete the trip in around 22 minutes, almost 10 minutes faster than the current Manly ferry.

No decision has been made as yet on the future of the Freshwater fleet.

Transport for NSW and Sydney Ferries operator Transdev are committed to delivering the best possible ferry services for you.

You have told us that you want to see more frequent services and we have heard you, which is why planning is underway to add up to 700 more services to timetables over the next two years, as well as a trial of new On Demand ferries.

We are asking you for feedback about proposed services changes planned for 2021. To find out more details about the proposed changes, and to provide your feedback, visit the project pages accessible from the homepage.

This consultation process is conducted by Transdev on behalf of Transport for NSW.

In the meantime, we will be implementing key changes to the network next year: from mid 2020, we will be delivering an additional 400 extra trips on the F1 Manly and F4 Cross Harbour routes.


What will be changing in 2020?

F4 Cross Harbour route split

To deliver more frequent services when and where they are needed, the existing F4 Cross Harbour route will be separated into an East and West route.

The East route, the F9, will operate between Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Circular Quay.

The West route, renamed F4 City Connector, will operate between Circular Quay , Barangaroo and Pyrmont, and include Milsons Point, McMahons Point and Balmain East.Split of the F4 Cross Harbour route map

You will benefit from more frequent services on the West route (Circular Quay, Milsons Point, McMahons Point, Balmain East, Pyrmont, Barangaroo), whilst frequency on the East route will remain unchanged.


F1 Manly services improvements

The frequency of services between Circular Quay and Manly will be improved from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes on weekdays, and every 10 minutes during the day on weekends. The improved frequency, especially on weekends when demand is at its highest, will give customers more choice in when they travel.

To enable this change we will introduce three brand new Emerald Class ferries. These vessels are fully accessible with capacity for around 400 customers. The new vessels have been designed to deliver a superior customer experience and will add to the iconic Sydney Ferries fleet a new modern look.

They will also complete the trip in around 22 minutes, almost 10 minutes faster than the current Manly ferry.

No decision has been made as yet on the future of the Freshwater fleet.

  • Thank you

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    22 Feb 2020

    Thank you to all members of the community who took the time since November 2019 to share their feedback about the proposed ferry service changes.

    The consultation is now closed and our teams are going through all feedback and submissions.