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Next step in delivering Derwent River ferry service

THE call has gone out for potential ferry operators to register their interest in providing a new Derwent River ferry service.

The Tasmanian Government is seeking to partner with a private operator to run a one-year trial of a Derwent River ferry service between the Eastern Shore and Hobart, with the potential for a one-year extension.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said the ferry service was a step to help minimise congestion under the Hobart Transport Vision, which was being delivered through the $1.6 billion Hobart City Deal.

“The new Derwent River ferry service will provide a fast, convenient and comfortable travel option while helping to reduce congestion on our roads,” he said.

“It will operate between Bellerive and Hobart City during weekday peak periods.

“This next step in this exciting project will allow potential operators to register to receive the latest information and updates directly so they can be on the front-foot when the formal procurement process begins later this year.”

Development of a full Request for Proposal process is underway to specify the nature of the service, the standard expected, and to ensure the provider selected will provide the best value for taxpayer money through a robust test of the market.

Potential operators are invited to pre-register with the Department of State Growth at www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/transport_services.

The full Request for Proposal is expected to be released in late-2020, with the service expected to be operating by early next year.

The 10-year Hobart City Deal is a joint initiative of the Australian and Tasmanian Governments, along with the Clarence, Hobart, Glenorchy and Kingborough Councils to make the city an even better place to live, work and study.