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Lord Mayor cuts the ribbon on Bulimba ferry terminal upgrade

15 December, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today (Sunday, 14 December) officially open the Bulimba ferry terminal $7.7 million upgrade, with a community event and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Lord Mayor said Bulimba was the first of 11 projects across the network to make Council’s ferry infrastructure more accessible, connected and flood resilient.

Cr Quirk said the upgrades to the original terminal – which had been in operation for over 100 years – would improve local network efficiency through the provision of a dual-berth pontoon.

“As Brisbane’s busiest suburban ferry terminal servicing around 8000 passengers a week, this project will ensure the Bulimba ferry terminal can meet population growth,” Cr Quirk said.

“It will facilitate 280 stops per weekday, including CityCat and CityFerry services, contributing to a more efficient connection between Bulimba, the CBD and other riverside destinations.

“It will enable us to deliver a new express morning service from Bulimba to Riverside, reduce travel times for express services from Bulimba to Riverside by six minutes, shave three minutes off all other trips to and from Riverside and provide a cross-river CityCat service to Teneriffe at 10-minute intervals between 7am and 8am on weekdays.”

He said to make the terminal more durable and flood resilient, the piles had been strengthened and their height had been increased from 4.2 metres to 6.9 metres. New features include seating for an additional 30 people and an improved drop-off streetscape area on Oxford Street.

Cr Quirk said Council had struck the right balance between protecting and enhancing the terminal’s State heritage-listed boat ramp and waiting pavilion, and including new DDA-compliant features to improve accessibility for people with mobility impairments.

“This terminal upgrade is a testament to inclusive and innovative design, featuring a gangway which maintains intermediate level landings even as the river rises and falls,” he said.

“This is important at low tide when the gangway is at its steepest - providing people with mobility impairments the chance to rest at the landings between the waiting area and pontoon.”

As part of the 2013-14 Passenger Transport Accessible Infrastructure Program, Translink has contributed $1.63 million towards the project to maximise accessibility at the new terminal.

He said the new gangway design would feature in Council’s 10 ferry terminal projects to be delivered by mid-2015, including the seven flood recovery upgrades at UQ St Lucia, Regatta, North Quay, QUT Gardens Point, Maritime Museum, Holman Street and Sydney Street.

“Following closely on the heels of Bulimba is the brand new terminal at Milton and upgrades to Bretts Wharf and Hawthorne terminals, with Hawthorne closing for works commencing 15 December. Council will run a dedicated shuttle bus loop – the 237 Ferry Replacement Service – between Gordon Street, Hawthorne and Bulimba ferry terminal on weekdays for the duration of construction,” he said.
[Ends] DECEMBER 9, 2014

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