Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government has started construction on the new Balmain East public transport interchange in order to improve passenger journeys to and from Balmain East Wharf.
The major project will include the installation of a new accessible ramp, stairs to the recently upgraded ferry wharf, a widened turning circle for buses, enhanced bus shelter facilities, and improvements to lighting and CCTV.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said: "This upgrade will make a real difference for Balmain East public transport customers, particularly elderly residents, those with limited mobility, families with prams and travellers with luggage."
The bus turning area at Balmain East Wharf will be closed during the upgrade.
The spokesperson added: "Transport for NSW is committed to improving access and amenity of transport interchanges, which make a big difference to the daily commute for all customers.
"Commuters and tourists alike commute by ferry in Sydney Harbour and these upgrades aim to ensure this mode of transport remains safe, modern and accessible."
Free shuttle bus services will be available at regular intervals of 15 minutes from the existing bus stops between Gladstone Park, Balmain and Balmain East Wharf along Darling Street.
Travellers are urged to allow extra travel time in order to meet existing ferry and bus timetables.
The Balmain East wharf pontoon was upgraded last year to ensure better safety for travellers.
The development work is a part of NSW government’s transport access programme to provide safe, upgraded and accessible transport facility.