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Historic Gravesend ferry service future secured

PUBLISHED: 18:34 17 May 2011

Captain John Potter on the Princesss Pocahontas

Captain John Potter on the Princesss Pocahontas

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An historic under threat ferry service has secured funding for a further two years

The Gravesend to Tilbury ferry, has been guaranteed subsidies from Kent County Council and Thurrock Council amounting to £177,990, for two more years,

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste Bryan Sweetland said: “This is very good news for local people, many of whom rely on the ferry to travel between Kent and Essex.

“It also helps to attract visitors from the cruise ships to Gravesend Town centre and is one way of beating the inevitable queues at the Dartford Crossing.”

Your Reporter joined campaigners from both sides of the river in calling for the ferry service, which dates back to the 17th century, to be saved when funding was threatened last year.

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