The Gravesend – Tilbury ferry service across the Thames was suspended yesterday afternoon after the ‘Thames Kestrel’ vessel struck a pier.
The service, run by JetStream Tours, reported that it had a collision with the pier and sustained some damage. The passengers onboard at the time were all safely landed ashore.
Initial reports suggest that the vessel suffered a technical fault before the ferry made contact with Gravesend pontoon.
Since the accident, Jetstream have reported that they are working with the Port of London Authority and the MCA on the investigation of the cause of the incident and the impact on the service.
Late last night, it was confirmed that the service will remain suspended until at least 10am on Thursday 20th July, causing misery for many commuters.
Ferry tickets are accepted on the Ensign Bus X80, although passengers will have to endure a long trip between Kent and Essex via the Dartford Crossing.
It brings into question the fragility of this vital link between the two counties. Despite many people using the service to travel to work, it is still not reliable enough. The disruption is huge when the service is suspended, either after an accident such as yesterdays or for bad weather conditions or because of mechanical issues.