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Extra Hours for Summer Ferry


'Phillip Pendal' South Perth Ferry
‘Phillip Pendal’ South Perth Ferry

South Perth MLA John McGrath would like to remind the community that the South Perth Mends Street ferry timetable has once again been extended for the summer months.

Mr McGrath said last year’s trial timetable proved to be a great success and was welcomed by residents, tourists and nearby businesses.

“I am a strong advocate of the service being extended over the summer months. Traffic congestion is becoming a huge challenge for Government as our population explodes. I believe that the river is greatly under-utilised as a mode of transport for our city,” Mr McGrath said. “A well-functioning ferry system can go a long way in reducing the number of cars on our roads.”

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

In canvassing support for the timetable last year, South Perth residents told Mr McGrath that, although they would like to use the ferry at night to visit the city, the service currently finishes too early for it to be an effective form of transport for them.

The ferry has been operating on extended hours since 1 September 2013 and will continue until 30 April 2014.

The summer timetable is: Weekdays (Monday to Thursday) 6:50am to 10:24pm, Fridays 6:50am to 12:15am, Saturdays: 7:50am to 12:15am and Sundays: 7:50am to 8:24pm.

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.