- $2.6 million project to acquire a new Transperth ferry
- The new ferry will add to the existing two-vessel fleet
- New ferry will have seating for 148 passengers and a toilet
The McGowan Government is encouraging local manufacturers to apply to build a new ferry for the Transperth fleet.
The ferry will become the third in the fleet after the MV Shelley Taylor-Smith and the MV Phillip Pendal.
It will replace the ageing MV Shelley Taylor-Smith, which is 20-years-old this year and will be retained and used as a reserve when demand is high for special events.
The ferries will be rotated through service, with a third vessel allowing Transperth greater flexibility during regular maintenance periods.
The new ferry will have 148 seats and a toilet, meaning it can potentially be used for longer journeys than the current Elizabeth Quay-South Perth route, should that be required in the future.
A new shelter has recently been installed at the Mends Street Jetty in South Perth to make travel on the ferry even more comfortable for passengers.
The ferry is a crowd favourite - in Transperth's recent passenger survey, 99 per cent of passengers said they were satisfied with the service.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The Transperth ferry holds a special place in the hearts of families from all over WA - it's a great way to see the Swan River, view the city and commute to work.
"The McGowan Government is committed to investing in projects which will ensure the reliability and resilience of our existing transport network.
"Our new ferry will be a modern and versatile vessel, built to take on longer journeys so we can keep our options open if new routes are required in the future."
Minister's office - 6552 5500