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Five-year contract agreed for Gravesend to Tilbury ferry service

PUBLISHED: 11:33 25 October 2017

Jetstream Tours operates the Gravesend to Tilbury ferry service

Jetstream Tours operates the Gravesend to Tilbury ferry service

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The service is used by around 200 passengers every day

A five-year contract to operate passenger ferries between Gravesend and Tilbury has been agreed.

The service, used by around 200 passengers every day, needs subsidy from local authorities to sustain its operation, and received the necessary backing from Kent County Council and Thurrock Council this week.

Following a tender process, the councils have announced that a contract has been agreed with Jetstream Tours, which has been providing the service on a short term basis since a change of operator in May.

KCC cabinet member for transportation Mathew Balfour said: “There has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to secure the future of this service for the next five years.

“I know how important it is to people in the area with some 120,000 journeys made on the service each year and we’re happy to announce Jetstream Tours will be continuing their work, having recently stepped in to take on the service.

“They have already proven themselves to be a valued partner and we are confident that the service can thrive with them providing it.”

Richard Bain, managing director of Jetstream Tours said: “We are delighted to be awarded the new contract and look forward to build on the relationships that we are forming with the councils and with passengers.”

Ferry services between Gravesend and Tilbury are believed to date back to the 13th century.

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