The NSW Government is proposing to upgrade Darling Point Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program.
DEC 2021Feedback on proposed concept design
Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide their feedback on the wharf concept design. A consultation report (PDF, 2.29Mb) summarising the feedback we received and our responses is now available.
The community will have another opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal during the Review of Environmental Factors display in early 2022.
We invited the community and stakeholders to provide feedback on the proposed concept design between Friday 28 May and Sunday 4 July 2021.
The campaign reached around 40,244 people and we received 97 submissions.
A consultation report (2.29Mb) summarising the feedback we received and our responses is now available.
We have listened to community concerns about the over-water boardwalk and we are now investigating the option of connecting the lift and waiting area via a path along the foreshore instead. For this option, we will aim to minimise impact to the lower end of the park, including to trees, heritage items and memorial pond. The community will be able to provide feedback on this option during the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) display, early in 2022.
We thank the community for feedback on their preferred lift wall design. During the detailed design process a final design will be chosen based on this feedback, cost and maintenance requirements.
Regarding a potential accessible car parking space, we recently explored the opportunity for providing a space in Darling Point Reserve however it was found to not be feasible due to the impact on the reserve. A new kiss-and-ride zone in the Darling Point Road cul de sac would be provided for drop-off and pick-up, with an accessible kerb ramp connecting the road to the path that leads to the lift entrance.
The potential environmental, visual, construction and heritage impacts of the proposal will be assessed in the REF and refined further during detailed design. We anticipate the REF will be on display for community feedback in early 2022.
Transport for NSW is improving Sydney’s ferry services for customers. New and upgraded wharves are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program.
Customers with mobility needs are currently unable to access Darling Point Road from Darling Point Wharf. The existing wharf at Darling Point is a simple wooden jetty with tidal steps.
The proposed wharf design includes a new hydraulically operated platform. The platform can automatically adjust in height to improve the efficiency of berthing vessels. A hydraulic system is generally used at wharf locations where wave conditions are stronger allowing for the safe pickup and drop-off of passengers.
Upgrades would also include:
- a waiting area with a curved roof, seating and glass weather protection panels for passenger comfort
- a covered gangway
- a new lift and stairs on the foreshore
- bicycle parking hoops
- kiss-and-ride zone.
We are investigating the option of connecting the lift and waiting area via a path along the foreshore instead of an over-water boardwalk.
The new wharf would provide Darling Point with facilities that all members of the community can access.
The Wharf Upgrade Program has been designed to create a distinctive theme for Sydney Harbour. The design aims to unify and identify the harbour wharves and the ferry commuter transport system.
In designing the new wharves a number of areas need to be considered such as accessibility, the environment, customer safety and amenity, future demand and ferry operations. These are outlined in the Design Considerations factsheet.
The existing wharf structure would be removed as part of this upgrade.
Ferry services to Darling Point Wharf will be interrupted during the construction of the proposed wharf. Customers would be able to catch alternative public transport including bus services, the train at Edgecliff Station and the ferry at Double Bay Wharf. Every effort would be made to lessen the disruption to the community.
More information and the opportunity to provide feedback about how construction could affect you will be provided as part of the Review of Environmental Factors consultation process.
For further information about this project contact us via:
Phone: 1800 770 973 (during business hours)