Media release – Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. 26 November 2021

Extra Derwent ferry services for summer

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is transforming public transport in greater Hobart through a range of initiatives to boost patronage and bust traffic congestion.

The success of the Derwent Ferry service trial over its first three months means we will be putting on extra services and an extra ferry over summer.

With many of the daily services already near capacity and with the weather set to warm up, we are adding an additional four services a day catering for an additional 400 passengers.

The new services will commence on Monday 29 November and operate twice in the morning from Bellerive to the city and twice in the afternoon from the city to Bellerive.

The additional services, using a second vessel, add to the current 15 daily runs and will add additional inward capacity at 7:20am and 8:00am and extra outward capacity at 4:50pm and 5:30pm.

These additional services have been scheduled around the most popular times in the morning and evening.

Since commencing, the daily average has seen around 450 passengers catching the services and on finer days we have seen that rise to be close to the current 600-passenger capacity.

The additional services will lift capacity to 1,000 passengers a day, 500 each way. Demand for the extra summer sailings will be reviewed at the end of December.

All up more than 25,000 passengers have already taken advantage of the fast and comfortable service.

By adding these new services, we are providing even more choice for commuters coming into the city and making it more attractive to walk, cycle, or be dropped off at the pier, especially as there is easy access from existing Metro Tasmania services.

It clearly shows that if we give people an alternative to jumping in the car, many are more than ready to take it. This is reducing the number of vehicles on the roads, especially crossing the bridge during peak periods according to locals.

With nine months to go in the trial, continued strong support and growing passenger numbers will be a key part of determining whether the service continues.

Timetables and more information are available at transport.tas.gov.au/public_transport.


Media release – David O’Byrne MP, Member for Franklin, 25 November 2021

Government must commit to Derwent Ferry service

While the announcement of a few extra Derwent Ferry crossings each day is welcomed, the Government must commit to a permanent ferry solution, says David O’Byrne MP.

It’s no surprise the Derwent Ferry is an attractive option for Eastern Shore commuters. But with the trial ending in 9 months, commuters don’t have the certainty to commit to using the ferry regularly.

David O’Byrne, Member for Franklin, said the Government needs to assure commuters that the ferry service won’t be axed next year.

“Today, the Minister called the Derwent Ferry trial a success and talked up its strong passenger numbers. If the trial is as successful as he says it is, why can’t they just commit to a permanent ferry solution?” Mr O’Byrne said.

“The one ferry currently in operation has been approaching capacity at peak times. If that’s not an indication that the trial has been successful, I’m not sure what is.”

While this year draws to a close, many commuters from Hobart’s Eastern Shore are already thinking about their mode of transport next year for peak-hour commutes across the Derwent.

But with the ferry trial ending in just 9 months, many commuters don’t have the certainty to give up their CBD parking spot or change their transport habits.

“The residents of the Eastern Shore have clearly shown that they are willing to use ferries as part of their commute across the Derwent. But the uncertainty about the future of the service is preventing people from changing their transport habits permanently.”

David O’Byrne also said that any extended trial should look at other possible routes, including those between the city and Lindisfarne or Howrah.

“The Brooke Street Pier to Bellerive route is clearly working well, but any future ferry network will need to include more areas such as Lindisfarne and Howrah in order to be effective.”


Media release – Salamanca Market Stallholders Association, 25 November 2021

Call for Derwent Ferries to run on Saturday and support Salamanca Market

The Salamanca Market Stallholders Association has welcomed the government’s decision to extend Derwent ferry services, but is calling for ferries to run on Saturday to support the Salamanca Market.

Association President, Emma Hope, said there’s a great opportunity to create a unique service.

“I can’t think of anything better than sailing across the Derwent right into the heart of the Salamanca Market,” Ms Hope said.

“Salamanca Market is Tasmania’s top visitor attraction and being able to combine that with a ferry ride on one of Australia’s most picturesque waterways would be an unbeatable combination.

“For locals it would also take the pressure off our roads. It can be a challenge finding a park around the waterfront at times and we should be doing everything we can to reduce congestion and make it easier for people to enjoy everything Salamanca Market has to offer.

“It would also support the Tasmanian Produce Market which runs each Saturday at Kangaroo Bay.

“We’re calling on the Infrastructure Minister to extend the ferry service to include Saturday sailings in time for the border opening on 15 December.”