Ferry ‘did not run out of petrol,’ confirm bosses as service returns

The Shields Ferry.
The Shields Ferry.

The Shields ferry service was withdrawn yesterday due to a problem with the fuel supply on both ferries.

However, a spokesman for Nexus, said: “Services resumed this morning as usual.”

Replacement buses were running in both directions between the ferry landings while Nexus staff dealt with the problem.

Nexus has stressed the ferry did not run out of fuel. The service resumed today as normal.

A Nexus spokesman told the Gazette: “It is not the case that the Shields Ferry had run out of diesel.

“We identified a fuel contamination issue which meant the ferry was not running smoothly and it was best to take them both out of service.

“We subsequently found the fuel filters on the Pride were blocked as well.

“That was fixed overnight and she was fuelled from a different source so she could go back into service today.”