NRMA Group CEO Rohan Lund will today outline the potential for fast ferries to play a bigger role as a heavy lifter in Sydney's transport system, including on the congested Parramatta to Sydney corridor.
Mr Lund will focus on the establishment of Western Quay at Sydney Olympic Park and the potential for fast ferry services on from Western Quay to access the CBD and Parramatta in less than 30 minutes when he addresses the Sydney Business Chamber's Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula's conference, The New Transport Vision for the Olympic Peninsula.
Transport for NSW Future Transport Strategy found Sydney Olympic Park and the surrounding region is the only location along the Parramatta River not able to access either the Harbour City CBD or Parramatta CBD in under half an hour. The Blue Highways Report released by the NRMA today proposes a strategy to place both CBDs within 30 minutes of Sydney Olympic Park.
The report also recommends establishing a Western Quay at Wentworth Point for fast ferry, bus and active transport, with connections to light rail once the second stage of Parramatta light rail is delivered. The transport interchange would also become an entertainment precinct to rival Manly Wharf, creating a new dining precinct for residents, tourists and sports fans
Unlike most ferry services, the Parramatta Sydney CBD route is currently slower than catching a train or bus. The report found that with the right infrastructure, a Sydney Parramatta journey could be slashed while commuters enjoy a water-based journey.
For commuters along the river west of Sydney Olympic Park, smaller, environmentally-friendly ferries suitable for low tides would connect passengers to the Western Quay at Wentworth Point, while fast ferries would transport people directly to the Sydney CBD.