Auckland Transport will add 6 sailings/day to the Gulf Harbour ferry route and 4 to the Half Moon Bay service from Monday 17 October.
Ferry services manager Gareth Willis said today: “We’ve experienced growth of 130% over the past 2 years on the Gulf Harbour services. We’ve talked to our customers and they want more choice in time for the busy summer period. There will be improved integrated transport with the connecting bus services for peak-time ferry services.”
Mr Willis said patronage on services to Half Moon Bay had grown by 9% in the last 2 years and construction was well underway on the new pier, due to open in early 2017. It will give more shelter to passengers and will have storage for bikes.
Fullers Group Ltd operates ferries to Half Moon Bay and 360 Discovery Ltd serves both routes. Both companies are part of the transport group of Scottish businessman Sir Brian Souter.
Mr Willis said Auckland Transport planned to increase the Gulf Harbour service further to support housing growth in the area.
From Gulf Harbour, there will now be 3 peak morning sailings at 6.30am, 7am & 7.30am, and 3 peak afternoon returns at 4.45pm, 5.15pm & 5.45pm, plus new sailings at 10.30 am & 12.30pm from Auckland and 11.30am & 1.30pm from Gulf Harbour.
For Half Moon Bay, the new sailings will be at 9.15am & 3.15pm from Half Moon Bay and 8.35am & 2.30pm from Auckland.
360 Discovery Cruises manager “Jimbo” James Bailey said: “The increase in passenger numbers has enabled us to provide a more frequent service with improved reliability due to the purchase of newer vessels.”
Attribution: Auckland Transport release.