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Demolition of Picton Ferry Terminal Building set for June

The landscape of Picton’s port waterfront is about to change, with the forthcoming demolition of the Picton Ferry Terminal, scheduled to commence in mid-June.

The building’s demolition follows the cancellation of the iReX project, which had originally made provision for the terminal’s replacement.

Early Picton Ferry Terminal

Early Picton Ferry Terminal

Constructed in the 1960’s to support the passenger and freight service for New Zealand’s first rail-enabled ferry “Aramoana”, the terminal building has seen the passage of millions of travellers between the North and South Islands over its lifetime.

Despite the changes in the demolition area, inter-island ferries will continue to operate from their usual berths, ensuring minimal disruption to passengers.
A new temporary terminal building and passenger walkway has been established for the Interislander to handle passenger and luggage services in the medium term and has worked well already over the busy months since it opened in June 2023.

StraitNZ Bluebridge services remain unaffected.

In recent years the building has not been maintained to usual high standards, due to its anticipated demolition under the iReX project.

The demolition of the terminal building will now clear the site for future port operations and Port Marlborough continues to work closely with government agencies on the next steps for development. The works are being managed carefully to ensure continued service efficiency and safety for our busy port.

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