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.

Revised timetable for Floating Bridge during Cowes Week

floating bridge at night during cowes week -- allan marsh

Extra crossings have been added to the regular timetable, in anticipation of residents and visitors travelling to the world-famous regatta.

Monday, 12th August, 2019 1:49pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Contrary to IWC press release Cowes Floating Bridge is operating

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Despite advising the media late Friday afternoon that the floating bridge would be out of action from Monday morning, the IWC are now saying it is in service today.

Monday, 8th July, 2019 8:42am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Floating bridge out of service all week: Updated

floating bridge chains

Cowes Harbour Commission say the work will take place Tues-Thurs, but Isle of Wight council say the Floating Bridge will be out of action for five days.

Saturday, 6th July, 2019 2:50pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Floating Bridge to be suspended as yet more parts on two-year-old bridge need replacing

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The floating bridge will be out of service yet again next week as more parts on the two-year-old bridge are replaced.

Friday, 21st June, 2019 3:21pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council finally make ‘vital improvements’ to roads around floating bridge

lorry having difficulty by floating bridge

It's taken them a while, but the Isle of Wight council are finally making the "vital improvements" to the roads around the floating bridge to improve safety of pedestrians and avoid lorries getting stuck.

Friday, 7th June, 2019 10:38am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Floating Bridge out of service for more repairs

floating bridge suspended

IWC say the suspension is to allow further repairs to the south east hinges and to replace a number of guidewheels.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019 5:32pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Floating Bridge repairs prior to Randonnee mean suspended service today

floating bridge suspended

The floating bridge has been taken out of service today so a fault can be repaired before the busy bank holiday weekend.

Friday, 3rd May, 2019 8:48am

By Sally Perry

Solent LEP say they are ‘committed to consulting’ over Cowes floating bridge

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The Solent LEP respond to harsh criticism leveled at them over the floating bridge consultation by East Cowes councillor, Karl Love.

Thursday, 18th April, 2019 12:57pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Solent LEP consultation a ‘spectacular catastrophic failure’, says councillor

Karl Love

The Isle of Wight councillor for East Cowes says the Solent LEP consultation for the floating bridge was a "shockingly poor example of community engagement".

Friday, 12th April, 2019 1:44pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Previously hidden details emerge about Floating Bridge crew airlift incident

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The Isle of Wight council has so far hidden the circumstances of what happened to a Floating Bridge crew member that led them to be airlifted to hospital.

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 6:49pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Report about serious incident on Floating Bridge reveals management failures

Floating bridge crew from behind

It's taken a Freedom of Information request to find out some details of what happened on the Floating Bridge last September that led to a crew member being air-lifted after a serious incident.

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019 9:10pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Floating Bridge going out of service for ‘improvement’ trials on Thursday

floating bridge suspended

A replacement foot passenger launch will be in operation during this period.

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 9:38am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments