The report assessing the merits of Clifford Bay as a ferry terminal has been received by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee.
Mr Brownlee's spokesman has confirmed that the Clifford Bay project team had given its report to the minister. Mr Brownlee had discussed it with them, and the Ministry of Transport was to write a Cabinet paper with recommendations to go to the Cabinet by the end of this month.
"There is progress," the spokesman said. There was no timeframe set for the Cabinet to reach a decision on whether to move the ferries from Picton to Clifford Bay, south of Seddon.
Mr Brownlee did not want to comment on the proposal or any information the project team had gathered till after the Cabinet had made its decision, the spokesman said.
The project team, made up of public servants and private sector experts, had investigated the feasibility of moving the Cook Strait ferries to Clifford Bay, a proposal that could shorten the rail freight journey distance between Auckland and Christchurch.
However, it has caused concern in the Picton community, which does not want to lose the million passengers a year that pass through the town from the ferries.
- The Marlborough Express