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.

Cowes Floating Bridge: As lockdown measures are eased guidance for using the bridge updated

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As the lockdown measures are eased OnTheWight sought an update on use of the Cowes Floating Bridge. Details within

Thursday, 28th May, 2020 9:11am

By Sally Perry

Cowes Floating Bridge back out of service tonight for essential works

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The floating bridge will return to service each morning and run as normal during the day.

Friday, 27th March, 2020 4:44pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Floating Bridge out of service this afternoon

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There will not be a replacement foot passenger launch service

Thursday, 26th March, 2020 12:11pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight council reverse Floating Bridge usage limitations

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Yesterday the council said the services across the Medina would be limited to blue-light and essential workers

Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 11:29am

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Floating bridge to be limited to essential workers only (Updated)

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To make sure that everybody is following this new limitation, staff may ask passengers or drivers about their journey

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 5:32pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Floating bridge to be suspended for testing

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The council say essential tests are due to be undertaken while the river is subject to a spring ebb tide. Details within

Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 12:55pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight councillor hits out as Floating Bridge suspended again due to failures

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The Isle of Wight councillor for East Cowes has hit out at the administration calling for the 'piece of junk' to be sent back

Thursday, 28th November, 2019 10:09am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council’s latest plan to lure drivers to use Floating Bridge

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Scheme being introduced to encourage use of the Floating Bridge over the winter and runs until 31st March

Friday, 8th November, 2019 12:13pm

By IW Council Press Office with 10 readers' comments

Free travel for veterans and military personnel on floating bridge

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Cllr Ian Ward says, "We do what we can to support our community and assist those that have made a significant contribution"

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 11:45am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Are Conservative administration ‘incapable of any joined-up thinking?’ asks Cllr Andre (updated)

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Cllr Andre asks whether the Conservative administration have "simply just lost the plot, have no plan and are just showing that they are incapable of any joined-up thinking?"

Thursday, 24th October, 2019 8:12am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Call for Cllr Ward’s resignation over floating bridge fiasco

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The Cllr for East Cowes says Ian Ward has "made too many promises. We have received every kind of explanation, but still no solutions"

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019 2:51pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

The £3.2m Floating Bridge racks up staggering losses: See the detail

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When you compare the profits from previous years to the losses of the last four, it makes for sorry reading. OnTheWight has the detail

Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019 9:23am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments