Commuter warning: New Farm Ferry stop to temporarily close

Brisbane commuters have been warned the New Farm Park ferry terminal could close for up to five months as it undergoes an upgrade.

Brisbane City Council was expected to soon announce the winner of the tender for renovation works, which would double the stop’s capacity and improve disabled access.

Councillor Adrian Schrinner told the Courier Mail the upgrade would also help to flood-proof the facility.

“This is a unique terminal, there are actually not too many cities around the world that have a river like the Brisbane River that floods and a CityCat service on that river,” Councillor Schrinner said.

“There will be a closure period that will be essential to actually do the upgrade, but that will be minimised and also scheduled around the Commonwealth Games.”

More than 200,000 passengers board the CityCat at New Farm every year. RACQ’s Renee Smith said it was vital those commuters planned their journeys during the construction.

“New Farm is a popular hub for locals and tourists alike thanks to the park, the Powerhouse Museum and the cafés,” Ms Smith said.

“While the next closest ferry terminal to New Farm is a 15 minute walk away at Sydney Street, it may be more convenient to look at alternative modes of transport while the upgrade takes place.”

The works, which would cost between $8 and $10 million, were part of a $52 million program to upgrade terminals across the Brisbane River.