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.

Here are Isle of Wight Scrutiny Chairman’s 43 questions about Floating Bridge 6

Richard Hollis

The Chairman of the Isle of Wight council Corporate Scrutiny Committee has compiled 43 questions about FB6, which he hopes to have answered tomorrow. According to the officer's report, that might not happen

Monday, 8th March, 2021 3:37pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Cllr Karl Love shares his opinion on next week’s Scrutiny Meeting to examine a new Floating Bridge 6 report

Floating Bridge Suspended

Next week’s Scrutiny Meeting - the last before the election - will examine a new report on Floating Bridge 6. East Cowes Cllr Karl Love lays out his opinion of it in advance.

Saturday, 6th March, 2021 12:50pm

By Karl Love with 5 readers' comments

Ongoing failures of Floating Bridge 6 do not rest with Indies says former IWC leader

Jonathan Bacon head laid over pic of floating bridge with cars getting on

Jonathan Bacon says he's been subjected to continual brickbats from the current council about the Cowes Floating Bridge, but pleased to read in the officer's report that failures since it was delivered do not rest with his Administration

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 4:08pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

‘No issues’ with how Floating Bridge 6 was commissioned, states Isle of Wight council report

Floating Bridge and suspended sign at East Cowes

The latest update will be presented to the Corporate Scrutiny Committee next week, but in the meantime, papers for the meeting provide a background to the commissioning of the Naval Architects and Shipbuilders. Details and reports within

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 3:23pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Conservative Council leadership are wasting millions on Floating Bridge 6, say councillors

floating bridge suspended sign

The Cowes Medina councillor says that for four years she and others have provided bulletproof engineering evidence that Floating Bridge 6 was not fit for purpose. Read hers and the town councillor for Osborne's damning review of new scrutiny papers

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 7:44am

By Cameron Palin with 9 readers' comments

Scrutiny Chairman looking forward to ‘clearing up myths and untruths’ about Floating Bridge

Richard Hollis

The Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee says he's really looking forward, "when we can" to bring this out into the open 100 per cent. Details within

Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 5:28pm

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments

Floating Bridge side thrusters are not a ‘sticky plaster’ says town councillor

floating bridge with boost bars on side by IW Can Depress

'Numerous local engineers' say that side thrusters would not work and that if the council persisted with this option, it could the bridge being out of the water for six months

Monday, 25th January, 2021 5:58pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 18 readers' comments

Floating Bridge out of service for more repairs

Floating Bridge and suspended sign at East Cowes

The Bridge will be out of service again after yesterday's suspension, this time for more repairs

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 8:52am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

IWC taking legal action, but who is responsible for the design of Floating Bridge 6?

Cowes floating bridge getting chained

The company being named by the Isle of Wight council as the "designer" of Cowes Floating Bridge 6 has previously claimed they were "not responsible for the design"

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 12:20pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

Weld blown on Cowes Floating Bridge: Service to be suspended

floating bridge suspended September 2019

The saga of Floating Bridge 6 continues with yet another failure, causing the bridge to be suspended

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 9:18am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Floating Bridge out of service later this morning for more repairs

Floating Bridge and suspended sign at East Cowes

If you are having to cross the River Medina later this morning be aware of the service suspension. Details within

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 7:53am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Floating Bridge 6: Council have submitted a ‘substantial claim’ as part of legal action

floating bridge suspended sign

The leader of the council gave an update to the Scrutiny Committee at tonight's meeting. Details within

Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 6:24pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments