Auck­land-wide ferry ser­vice re­view

Rodney Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW CATTIN

Pas­sen­ger load­ings on the week’s busiest morn­ing ser­vice the 7am ferry to Brit­o­mart - were be­tween 116 and 142 pas­sen­gers on the 244 seat D6 ferry.

Ire­land says AT is aware of the de­mand for in­creased ferry ser­vices and big­ger ves­sels, but is un­able to im­ple­ment any in­creases at Gulf Har­bour be­fore July due to bud­getary con­straints.

‘‘AT is cur­rently in­volved in un­der­tak­ing a ten­der­ing process for ferry routes and is also un­der­tak­ing a wider re­view of ferry ser­vices within the Auck­land re­gion,’’ he said.

Last week saw the Hob­sonville Point ferry ser­vice start op­er­at­ing a big­ger ves­sel, increasing from 79 seats to 126.

Ire­land says this will have a ‘‘flow on ef­fect’’ and take pressure off the Gulf Har­bour ser­vice.

How­ever, if Gulf Har­bour com­muters wish to take ad­van­tage of the Hob­sonville Point ser­vice, they will face a morn­ing com­mute of around 40km.

Google Maps in­di­cates a per­fect run be­tween Gulf Har­bour and Hob­sonville Point Wharf will take 40 min­utes, and in week­day morn­ing traf­fic, any­where up to one hour and 25 min­utes.

The com­mute to Brit­o­mart is around 47km.

Ire­land says Fullers and 360 Dis­cov­ery will soon switch from the cur­rent text no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem to the Fullers My Ferry app.

MATTHEW CATTIN/STUFF

Com­muters want more from the Gulf Har­bour ferry ser­vice.

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