Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced that CityCat and CityFerry services will resume today (Monday August 1) from all stops, just six and a half months after the January flood washed away a third of the city’s terminals.
This coincides with the reopening of South Brisbane’s River Plaza ferry terminal and the brand new, state-of-the-art Orleigh St CityCat ferry terminal in West End.
The Lord Mayor said Council had worked tirelessly to restore the CityCat and CityFerry network.
“We promised to get all CityCat stops running again within three months after the floods and we’ve accomplished that,” Cr Quirk said.
“This achievement reaffirms our commitment to getting Brisbane back in business.”
The only exception was the West End CityCat terminal, which was already scheduled for a major upgrade in 2011 prior to the flood. This upgrade was brought forward.
The Maritime Museum ferry stop, formerly River Plaza, is only serviced by the smaller CityFerries.
Cr Quirk said today also saw the 18th CityCat come into service, after it was launched last Sunday.
“We are now just one ferry away from meeting our election commitment to take Brisbane’s CityCat fleet to a record 19 vessels by 2012,” he said.
“My plan is to take a balanced approach to reducing traffic congestion which is why I’m investing $465 million in public transport this financial year alone.”
Cr Quirk said the ferry timetable would be reconfigured accordingly to accommodate the reopening of the new terminals.
Timetables are available at www.translink.com.au.
During January’s floods, 23 of Brisbane’s ferry terminals were damaged, eight of which were completely destroyed. Despite this, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk was able to deliver on his promise to have like-for-like replacement pontoons open within three months of the flood.
Construction of new CityCat terminals at Northshore Hamilton and Teneriffe is currently underway.