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Summer trial of late night ferries

John McGrath at the South Perth ferryTroy Buswell MLA and John McGrath MLA announcing the extended hoursI was delighted that the Treasurer and Minister for Transport Troy Buswell came to the electorate of South Perth today to announce that the operating hours of the Mends Street ferry service will be extended over the summer months. This is great news not only for South Perth locals travelling to and from the city, but also for those tourists and commuters wanting to enjoy the cafes and bars of Mends Street at night.

I have always been keen to see Perth’s river ferry service extended, and this is a step in the right direction. The extended hours will continue on a trial period until 30 April 2013. Hopefully people will take advantage of the extended hours over the summer months and the new times will be adopted as a permanent change to the ferry’s summer timetable.

From 16 December 2012, the ferry will operate for an extra three hours Monday to Saturday night, and an extra hour on Sundays. Weekday services will continue until 10.24pm, compared with the existing cut-off time of 7.24pm; Friday and Saturday nights will stop at 12.15am (previously 9.15pm); and Sunday and public holiday services will close at 8.24pm (previously 7.24pm).

The extended hours equates to an extra 38 trips per week. Each trip takes seven minutes, and the summer timetable has a ten-minute frequency at peak with both the MV Shelley Taylor-Smith and MV Phillip Pendal in operation. The cash fare is $1.90 or 80 cents concession.

There will be no change to morning start times – 6.50am Monday to Friday, and 7.50am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Thank you to all individuals and businesses for expressing their support for the extended hours.

John campaigns for extended ferry service hours

John McGrath has called on the Minister for Transport to extend the current Mends Street ferry service during the summer months.

TransPerth figures show that the Mends Street ferry service is growing in popularity with tourists and commuters.

“Extending the service hours in the summer months would not only benefit those tourists wanting to enjoy the cafes and bars of Mends Street at night but would also enable South Perth residents to go to the city at night for shopping or a visit to entertainment precincts”, said John.

John has asked the Minister to have a trial this summer, starting on December 1. He responded positively but would like evidence that commuters would use the late-night service.

At present, the last ferry leaves Perth at 7.24 pm in winter, and 9.15 pm in summer. Some people are saying that, particularly in the summer, that is too early, and even in the winter it means an early finish for people.

John advocates that “traffic congestion is going to be a huge challenge for Government as our population explodes. We need to get more people off the roads and into other forms of transport. The Swan River provides a huge opportunity for services between the city and Burswood, Claisebrook and even Canning Bridge.”

John urges commuters to get in touch with the office on 9368 6270 or john.mcgrath@mp.wa.gov.au to voice their opinion on whether they believe extending the ferry service hours would prove beneficial.