The Dartford Creek is the tidal section of the River Darent/Darenth and the section where the power cut occurred is on the edge of the industrial estate.
Took a trip to the Dartford Creek and found that the walking path was closed off ‘for safety’ and that Murphys seem to be contracted to carry out the repair work. Two nice but burly security guards said it might be another two weeks’ work. I took a couple of shots, including what appears to be a huge, defunct piece of electrical engineering. There was a brand new piece that looked ready to replace what I assume may be another on the bridge.
The bridge wasn’t really visible because of the container units being used by Murphy’s, so I took one quick shot.
and then drove to the other side of the Dartford Creek where you can see the houses on the left of the shot. The fire that probably caused the power cut must have been pretty scary for the residents on the other side of the Creek.
Now this bridge spans the Dartford Creek and one end is firmly in the car park for the new houses there. You can see on the left where the bridge is covered over while the contractors sort out the mess. I imagine they are still working long hours as the upright on the left was illuminated and this was at 7 p.m.
A closer shot shows the left section, and what looks like some temporary cabling arrangement across the creek. Those gathering black clouds unloaded a hefty dose of rain, so I’m struggling with umbrella in one hand and camera in the other at this point!
EDF are offering its long suffering customers a token £50 in compensation, since it seems that the ‘nature of the incident’ puts it outside the scope of the Electricity Guaranteed Standards regime. What do you think about that?