Derwent ferry a step closer

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is working hard to make the lives of southern Tasmanians easier through its plan to bust traffic congestion.

An important element of our plan is the Derwent River ferry service, linking Hobart with Bellerive and offering commuters an alternative to car travel.

Longstanding ferry operator Roche Brothers has been selected as the preferred proponent for this ferry service that will help ease congestion and boost active transport such as cycling and walking.

The initiative is a key component in the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s $175.5 million Greater Hobart Transport Vision.

While the finer details of the ferry service are currently being finalised, it will run as a one-year trial with potential for a one-year extension.

The service will offer a fast and convenient option between the Eastern shore and the city, with a one-way crossing expected to take 20 to 25 minutes.

It is anticipated the trial will begin in the first half of this year, and will operate during weekday peak travel periods.

The trial service will be free to commuters who have a Metro Tasmania Greencard or are travelling with a bicycle.

The Department of State Growth is working on contractual arrangements, which are expected to be finalised within coming weeks.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is pleased to deliver this election commitment and I encourage people to support the service.

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