As mentioned recently in Bike North News, the Berowra Waters Ferry is due to be temporarily taken out of service from 1 June, 2020 to enable repairs to its access ramps to be carried out. These are estimated to take about six weeks to complete.
Official advice is that while the Ferry is unavailable, and based on community feedback to the interim transport arrangements announced earlier by the RMS, the water taxi service to be provided for pedestrians and cyclists, to enable key access from one side to the other of Berowra Creek, has had its hours adjusted to better suit the community’s needs.
This free water taxi service will now run:
- 6am to 8.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- 6am to 9pm Friday
- 8am and 9pm on Saturday
- 8am and 6pm on Sunday and public holidays.
These hours are subject to change and will depend on the number of passengers using the water taxi services. Signs have been installed on both the eastern and western public wharves.
Depending on passenger usage and feedback, the RMS may adjust these hours slightly. If any changes need to be made, the RMS will put signs on both the eastern and western public wharves.
The water taxi can accommodate cyclists and their bicycles. However, it will be limited in size and there is a need to maintain appropriate social distancing on board. The water taxi will only be able to take one or two bicycles at a time.
Separately and earlier this month, an RMS spokesperson has also stated that :-
“To avoid long wait times, we will encourage cyclists, particularly larger groups, to not include a crossing at Berowra Creek as part of their cycling routes during the ferry closure”.
Bike North has written to local Hornsby MP, Matt Kean, seeking improvements to these arrangements that would make it possible for larger numbers of cyclists to be accommodated with each ‘crossing’ and it is understood that some other cycling groups have been making similar representations to the RMS.
Bike North will keep its members informed should any further changes occur to the Berowra Waters Ferry temporary closure arrangements beyond what has already been announced.
Justin Holmwood 27 May, 2020