Communicating with the bridge by VHF:
Kingsferry Bridge can be contacted on VHF Channel 10.
For craft without VHF:
Visual: The recognised visual signal for requesting a bridge lift is a bucket in the rigging.
Sound: The sound signal is one long blast followed by four short blasts.
Signals displayed by the bridge:
|None||Bridge in locked down position|
|Alternate flashing red and green||Bridge lifting sequence commenced|
|Fixed green||Bridge at maximum height|
|Flashing red||Bridge commenced descending|
|Flashing orange||Bridge unable to move keep clear|
Kingsferry Bridge clearance at mean high water springs (MHWS)*:
The centre span of Kingsferry Bridge lifts to allow the passage of vessels.
Clearance open: 28.96m (95.0′)
Clearance closed: 3.35m (11.0′)
Sheppey Crossing Clearance*:
Clearance: 29.02m (95.2′)
*Source: official tide tables for Sheerness (use data above at own risk).