I 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.