River Express Misses The Boat

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11th November 2009, 12:30pm - Views: 754

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11 November 2009



The State Government’s new River Express service does nothing more than expand

on the existing tourist service and offers little benefit to Western Sydney commuters.

“Parramatta City Council has been lobbying the State Government for a commuter

ferry service to Parramatta from riverside suburbs of the inner west, as currently

there is no fast, direct public transport from places like Drummoyne, Abbotsford,

Cabarita and Meadowbank” said Parramatta City Council Lord Mayor, Councillor

Paul Garrard. 

“An effective commuter ferry service would need to pick up passengers along the

entire route of the river from Drummoyne to Meadowbank as Parramatta’s

commercial and cultural influence grows,” he added.


“While this new service will be welcomed by those travelling to the Sydney CBD, it

fails to recognise Parramatta as one of the nation’s fastest growing city centres.

“The State Government needs to understand that Parramatta is not just a departure

point, but an increasingly popular destination, especially for workers.”

Cr Garrard added that the lack of public transport options for commuters travelling

from the inner west to Parramatta, meant more delays and trouble on our the city’s


“The inner west riverside peninsulas have a significant amount of high density

housing but with limited public transport choices traffic congestion is inevitable, as

more people take to their cars,” Cr Garrard said.

“First the State Government cut the Parramatta Rail link at Epping, then the

Cumberland Rail line from every 30 minutes to five trains a day and have refused to

fund Council’s successful free bus, the Loop,” he said.

“Having an integrated transport network is vital to support our city’s growth and this

includes an effective, efficient ferry service.”

For further media information:  

Parramatta City Council Media Unit

Adam Leto

Tel: 9806 5083 Email: aleto@parracity.nsw.gov.au

Mob: 0414 190 221


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