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The operating hours of Transperth’s South Perth ferry service are being extended.

From December 16, the Swan River ferry will run an additional three hours from Monday to Saturday and an extra hour Sunday throughout summer.

Announcing the late night ferries this morning, Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the extension was in response to requests from the South Perth community.

“Weekday services will continue until 10.24pm, compared with the existing cut-off time of 7.24pm; Friday and Saturday nights will stop at 12.15am (previously 9.15pm); and Sunday and public holiday services will close at 8.24pm (previously 7.24pm)," Mr Buswell said.

“The extended services will continue until April 30, 2013. At the end of the trial, passenger numbers will be reviewed and a decision made on whether the new times should be adopted as a permanent change to the ferry’s summer timetable.”

The Minister said there would be no change to morning start times - 6.50am Monday to Friday, and 7.50am on Saturdays and Sundays.