Roads and Maritime Services operates a ferry service connecting Lawrence and Woodford Island. It forms part of Tourist Drive 22.
MAR 2020Second ferry overhaul
Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions from 30 March when the 18-car second ferry at Bluff Point, Lawrence, is taken out of service for mandatory three-yearly maintenance.More information
The ferry was to be towed for maintenance on 10 March, but adverse marine weather conditions for offshore towing meant it was not safe, and the ferry was kept in service.
However, forecast weather conditions from 2-6 April are considered suitable for towing to Port Macquarie so the ferry will be taken offline from Monday so it can be prepared for the tow.
There will be no change in operations of the 24-car main ferry.
There could be delays and queueing issues at Lawrence until the second ferry returns in about two months.
To avoid delays, commuters between the Lower Clarence and Grafton are encouraged to use the Pacific Highway and the new Grafton bridge.
Transport for NSW thanks motorists for their patience during this time.
For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.
Roads and Maritime conducted a trial second ferry service during peak periods at Lawrence during April, in response to community concerns about lengthy delays.
Following an assessment of the trial a decision has been made to continue the second ferry service during peak periods.
Two ferries will continue to operate at the same time between the hours of 7.30am to 9.30am, and 4pm to 6pm Monday to Friday, including school holidays.
Thank you to those customers who took part in the online survey during the trial. The information gathered will help us improve the ferry service.
More information is available in the second ferry trialled at Lawrence media release.
The large capacity ferry is the main crossing ferry and has a safe load limit of 135 tonnes and carries 24 cars each trip. The smaller capacity ferry takes 18 cars with safe load of 90 tonnes and is used when the larger capacity ferry is being serviced.
The ferry operates 24 hours, seven days a week. There is no interruption to service during maintenance periods as two ferries are available at this crossing.
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