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Sydney Street ferry terminal upgrade kicks off the New Year

12 January, 2015

Brisbane City Council will close the Sydney Street ferry terminal on 5 January 2015 to begin major upgrade works to replace the temporary structure installed following the 2011 floods.

Public and Active Transport Chairman, Cr Peter Matic said the new terminal would service both CityCat and CityHopper services and would feature a flood resilient pontoon and nine metre high pier, designed to deflect heavy objects away from the terminal in flood waters.

“Council is flood-proofing our city’s infrastructure and the new Sydney Street ferry terminal will provide a long-term flood resilient transport solution for New Farm commuters,” Cr Matic said.

“Its innovative gangway will remain accessible in most tidal conditions and will detach at the shore end in a flood, allowing it to rise with flood waters and swing behind the pontoon to avoid being struck by floating debris.

“The upstream end of the pontoon will also act as a deflector in a flood event and its dual berth capacity will boost network efficiency.”

Cr Matic said the upgrade to Sydney Street terminal would also deliver a raft of accessibility improvements.

“The new terminal will include features such as tactile signage, improved lighting, a new accessible pathway from Sydney Street to the terminal and an accessible gangway designed to maintain intermediate level landings even as the river rises and falls,” he said.

“While this vital upgrade is underway, the Sydney Street terminal will be closed for a short period, however there are plenty of alternative transport options nearby, including bus services, CityCat services from nearby New Farm Park terminal.

“Additionally there are some great active transport options available including CityCycle and Riverwalk.

“I thank local residents and businesses in advance for their patience during construction.”

The Sydney Street terminal upgrade is expected to be complete by mid 2015 and is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The Sydney Street Terminal Upgrade is one of 11 terminal projects underway this financial year, including the recently re-opened Bulimba Terminal.

For more information about bus and ferry services visit www.translink.com.au or ph: 13 12 30.

For more information about ferry terminal upgrades visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3403 8888.

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