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 delays ‘a totally unacceptable fiasco’ says councillor for East Cowes

Karl Love

Karl Love says the Isle of Wight council will have to 'bear the brunt' for the continued delays to the return of Floating Bridge 6, which will have been out of service for over a quarter of the year

Tuesday, 29th September, 2020 8:48am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Floating Bridge will have been out of service by more than 13 weeks before it returns, says Isle of Wight council

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The Cowes Floating Bridge was supposed to be back in service this week, but further delays have just been announced. Details within

Monday, 28th September, 2020 5:26pm

By IW Council Press Office with 5 readers' comments

Cowes Floating Bridge in a ‘vortex of disaster’ say Stakeholders’ Group in letter to funders, Solent LEP

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The letter to the body that funded the £3.2m Floating Bridge sets out comprehensively the position with FB6 and calls for a meeting with engineers, councillors, businesses and other stakeholders

Sunday, 20th September, 2020 3:09pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council CEO reveals return date for Cowes Floating Bridge

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The Cowes Floating Bridge has been out of service for nine weeks already. In a letter to the town council, John Metcalfe reveals when it is expected to return

Friday, 18th September, 2020 12:21pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Floating Bridge Engineers’ and Stakeholders’ Group has warned council for three years about failures of FB6

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The Floating Bridge Engineers’ and Stakeholders’ Group explain how they have been warning the Isle of Wight council for many years about the ongoing failures of Floating Bridge 6. Details within

Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 7:59am

By Sally Perry with 32 readers' comments

‘No new floating bridge’ says Isle of Wight council leader

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Isle of Wight council leader said the need to remove the floating bridge from service at the same time as St Mary's roundabout works led to a 'perfect storm of destruction'

Monday, 14th September, 2020 12:50pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments

Call for no more ‘cloak and dagger’ approaches to Floating Bridge fixes

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The long-running saga of the Cowes Floating Bridge was discussed at last night's Isle of Wight council Scrutiny Committee. Details within

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 3:21pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments

£2,000: The Floating Bridge’s equivalent losses, every day, Jan to July

Mr Moneybags:

Dave Stewart revealed quite how much FB6 has lost this year to Paul Topping on Isle of Wight Radio this morning. Locals say, “Sell it off. We must have a bridge that won’t waste millions more of our tax money"

Tuesday, 1st September, 2020 4:50pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Cowes Floating Bridge: Time to order a new bridge, but base it on FB5, says councillor

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The Isle of Wight councillor says that "For all our sakes, including Isle of Wight council, we must draw this matter to a close"

Sunday, 30th August, 2020 8:12am

By Sally Perry with 23 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council explain why their Cowes Floating Bridge report will be delayed

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The Isle of Wight council had originally said that by the end of August they would have a date for the return to service of the Cowes Floating Bridge - With that looming on Monday here are their reasons for the delay

Saturday, 29th August, 2020 8:44pm

By IW Council Press Office with 14 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council report blames two companies for floating bridge fiasco

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A report going to the Isle of Wight Council Scrutiny Committee next week lays the blame squarely at the feet of two companies

Friday, 28th August, 2020 3:58pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 21 readers' comments

Petition calls for independent Inquiry into Floating Bridge 6

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A petition has been launched calling for a thorough independent investigation into the procurement and project management decision for Floating Bridge 6.

Sunday, 16th August, 2020 12:08pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments