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.

Isle of Wight council refuse to disclose info on floating bridge chemicals

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A couple of very simple questions were posed by OnTheWight to the Isle of Wight council when a passenger discovered her jeans were covered with bleach stains after getting on and off the Cowes floating bridge.

Thursday, 20th September, 2018 3:58pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Cowes Floating Bridge: New bleaching service for foot passengers?

Laura Gibbs stained jeans

Laura noticed the stains up the legs of jeans after leaving the floating bridge, which she said "smelled like a swimming pool" this morning.

Monday, 17th September, 2018 6:47pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Floating bridge: Noise minimising ‘shoe’ to be fitted this week

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The bridge will be taken out of service later this week when the noise minimising shoe is fitted to the Cowes floating bridge.

Monday, 17th September, 2018 4:55pm

By IW Council Press Office with 5 readers' comments

Resignation calls for Cabinet member over floating bridge

Karl Love

The ward councillor for East Cowes called for the resignation of Cabinet member for Transport, Ian Ward, over his handling of the floating bridge.

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 9:16am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 12 readers' comments

Floating Bridge improvements to tackle noise and vibration levels

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Matting is to be fitted to the slipway and a 'shoe' will be fitted next week to the end of the ramp in an attempt to reduce noise and vibration levels.

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018 11:29am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Lorries stuck at floating bridge junction a ‘weekly problem’

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Residents in East Cowes want to know when something will be done about the weekly problem of lorries getting stuck on the junction by the Cowes Floating Bridge.

Friday, 17th August, 2018 6:23pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

‘Confidence lost in Ian Ward’s abilities’ over Floating Bridge issues says Cllr

cowes floating bridge

The Independent councillor for East Cowes says he's lost confidence in the Cabinet member's ability to address the ongoing issues with the floating bridge. East Cowes Business Association join the voices calling for action.

Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 1:51pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Floating bridge service returns, with a little help from its friends

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A full repair of the faulty hinge took place on Saturday, allowing the bridge to go back into operation on Sunday, but it requires a workboat to travel alongside it during the ebb tide.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 12:46pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

Floating bridge out of service second day in a row (updated)

east cowes mayor peter lloyd floating bridge

The Floating Bridge went out of service just after 12.30pm today due to "mechanical problems". A passenger launch is in operation.

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 2:25pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Grounded floating bridge results in ‘huge queues’

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The Isle of Wight council has simply said the "Floating Bridge is out of service temporarily" and not given any explanation of how it became grounded on a neap tide. Is this the ‘good floating bridge service during Cowes Week’ Cllr Ian Ward wanted?

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 2:58pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Ian Ward wants ‘a good floating bridge service during Cowes Week’ – What about the rest of the year?

floating bridge at night during cowes week -- allan marsh

Cllr Ian Ward has just stated he wants to provide Cowes Week visitors "a good floating bridge service during the period of Cowes Week" - Somehow not realising this is somewhat of a snub to Islanders who live here all year round who dream of the same.

Wednesday, 1st August, 2018 5:35pm

By IW Council Press Office with 10 readers' comments

Isle of Wight company commissioned to make the Floating bridge work as it should

floating bridge

The council choose to describe this new work to the Floating Bridge as 'improvements'. Shouldn't all of these things have been delivered when the then-new Floating bridge was received a year and two months ago?

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 6:49pm

By Simon Perry with 9 readers' comments