Auckland-wide ferry service review
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.
Commuters want more from the Gulf Harbour ferry service.