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 run around: Passenger launch in operation

floating bridge suspended

The Floating Bridge ran aground this afternoon and is not expected to be in service until this evening

Friday, 11th October, 2019 3:44pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Cowes Floating Bridge could go cashless if bid for App is granted (updated)

coins in hands

If an application for a capital bid is successful, the floating bridge could become cashless.

Monday, 30th September, 2019 4:28pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

Floating Bridge back in service as St Mary’s roadworks begin

floating bridge back in service

The Cowes floating bridge is back just in time, as the start of 15 months of roadworks takes place today.

Monday, 30th September, 2019 9:34am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Island Indies ‘were not involved in procurement, design or build of floating bridge’, simply securing funding

debbie andre at the election by allan marsh

The leader of the Island Independent group reiterated they were not involved in the procurement, design or build of the floating bridge, but simply secured the funding.

Thursday, 26th September, 2019 2:19pm

By Debbie Andre with 26 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council ‘take the opportunity’ to replace second prow on floating bridge

floating bridge suspended

The floating bridge will not be back into service for at least another week, with the Isle of Wight council saying they’re ‘taking the opportunity’ to replace the other prow and hinge.

Friday, 20th September, 2019 11:43am

By IW Council Press Office with 17 readers' comments

Cowes Floating Bridge out of service for longer than announced

floating bridge suspended

It's been out of service since Tuesday and now the Isle of Wight council say it'll be much longer than expected before it comes back into service.

Friday, 13th September, 2019 2:32pm

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

‘Send it back’ says Cllr Love following more failures of the Cowes Floating Bridge

floating bridge suspended

Cllr Love is calling for the Isle of Wight council to take out a low-cost loan and order a new floating bridge, adding they should send back No.6 due to the consistent failures.

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 9:59am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Floating Bridge now looks like it may be out until ‘early next week’

engineers working on the floating bridge

The problem with the West prow hinge was discovered earlier in the week. A passenger launch will be in operation for foot passengers.

Wednesday, 11th September, 2019 2:29pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

The Cowes Floating Bridge still out of action due to issue with the prow

floating bridge prow by cameron palin

A foot passenger launch will be in operation all day (Wednesday).

Wednesday, 11th September, 2019 8:41am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Broken prow hinge takes the Cowes Floating Bridge out of service

floaty finder and erik with his hat

A passenger launch is in operation, but vehicles need to divert via Newport.

Tuesday, 10th September, 2019 7:38am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

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