Lawrence ferry returns to duty
TRAFFIC congestion at the Bluff Point Ferry, Lawrence, should ease today, following the return of the regular 18-car passenger ferry yesterday.
For about two months until yesterday, the river crossing was serviced by a stand-in 12-car passenger ferry while the regular ferry was undergoing a refit and refurbishment. The major service was part of a scheduled three-yearly refit.
Yesterday a trawler towed the 18-car ferry back up the Clarence River and the service was out of action for much of the day while the replacement was made.
Motorists had to use alternative routes across the Ulmarra Ferry, the Grafton Bridge or north through Tullymorgan and Ashby while the ferry was out of action.
The RTA thanked motorists for their patience during this necessary change over.
The Bluff Point Ferry is the main link between Lawrence and Maclean that in the 1970s was operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by one man.