Cowes Floating Bridge

The Floating Bridge links Cowes and East Cowes, running regularly through the day and much of the evening.

It’s sometimes called the Chain Ferry because it pulls itself both sides of the river on a chain.

In March 2016 the Isle of Wight council commissioned a replacement for the Cowes Floating Bridge (which came into service in 1976), with a new one (£3.2m), with an increased capacity.

The Isle of Wight council officially launched the new Floating Bridge in May 2017, having to withdraw it from service within 48 hours as the front of cars were grounding out when driving off, due to the angles of the new setup being wrong.

Floating Bridge back in service this morning

floating bridge 6 in the River Medina approaching East Cowes slipway

According to the live feed the Bridge is in operation this morning. We'll update you if we hear any more news today

Monday, 12th April, 2021 8:19am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Cowes Floating Bridge suspended as ‘safety precaution’ over concerns about prow cable

floating bridge suspended sign

The engineers won't be inspecting the floating bridge until Monday, so as a safety precaution it's been taken out of service over the weekend

Saturday, 10th April, 2021 6:34am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Floating Bridge 6: People may pay to use it, but it’s still had massive losses

Chains of Floating Bridge 5 laid out on the slipway

The Engineers' and Stakeholders' Group say Dave Stewart was stating the obvious when he said the floating bridge had an income. He just forgot to mention the huge losses

Wednesday, 24th March, 2021 4:38pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Council leader accused of misleading the public over Solent LEP claiming £3.2m back for Floating Bridge 6 (updated)

floating bridge 6 in the River Medina approaching East Cowes slipway

In a recent meeting the Isle of Wight council leader told members that if they scrapped FB6 the Solent LEP would be able to ask for its money back, but a senior member of the SLEP had already said they would not

Monday, 22nd March, 2021 12:26pm

By Sally Perry with 25 readers' comments

‘We cannot keep throwing good money after bad’ says councillor over FB6

Karl Love at the election count

The Isle of Wight councillor for East Cowes shares his response to last night's Corporate Scrutiny meeting where the failures of the floating bridge were discussed

Wednesday, 10th March, 2021 9:57am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

FB6 out of service due to problems with the prow (again)

floating bridge suspended sign

The precaution has been taken to suspend the service. A passenger launch service will be in operation from 9am

Wednesday, 10th March, 2021 9:04am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Cowes Floating Bridge: Detailed report from Scrutiny Committee

Cowes floating bridge getting chained

Although legal mediation put a stop to many questions even being asked, the Cowes Floating Bridge was discussed at tonight's scrutiny committee meeting. Read our detailed report

Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 9:22pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Scrutiny Committee Chairman responds to Floating Bridge questions

Richard Hollis at scrutiny mar 21

Responses rather than answers were provided to the ten questions from the Floating Bridge Engineers and Stakeholders Group. See within

Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 5:49pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Floating Bridge Engineers and Stakeholders Group share ten probing questions

floating bridge 6 in the River Medina approaching East Cowes slipway

The Floating Bridge Engineers and Stakeholders Group have shared ten very probing questions of the Isle of Wight council in relation to the ongoing saga of Cowes Floating Bridge 6. Read them within

Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 3:27pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Here are Isle of Wight Scrutiny Chairman’s 43 questions about Floating Bridge 6

Richard Hollis

The Chairman of the Isle of Wight council Corporate Scrutiny Committee has compiled 43 questions about FB6, which he hopes to have answered tomorrow. According to the officer's report, that might not happen

Monday, 8th March, 2021 3:37pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Cllr Karl Love shares his opinion on next week’s Scrutiny Meeting to examine a new Floating Bridge 6 report

Floating Bridge Suspended

Next week’s Scrutiny Meeting - the last before the election - will examine a new report on Floating Bridge 6. East Cowes Cllr Karl Love lays out his opinion of it in advance.

Saturday, 6th March, 2021 12:50pm

By Karl Love with 5 readers' comments

Ongoing failures of Floating Bridge 6 do not rest with Indies says former IWC leader

Jonathan Bacon head laid over pic of floating bridge with cars getting on

Jonathan Bacon says he's been subjected to continual brickbats from the current council about the Cowes Floating Bridge, but pleased to read in the officer's report that failures since it was delivered do not rest with his Administration

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 4:08pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments