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 Repairs Delayed

Floating Bridge Repairs Delayed

We hear from the Council today that difficulties in removing the original part have led to delays in the repair schedule.

Monday, 18th January, 2010 1:31pm

By Sally Perry

Floating Bridge Out Of Action Until Next Week

Floating Bridge Out Of Action Until Next Week

Essential maintenance is required.

Thursday, 14th January, 2010 5:32pm

By Simon Perry with 5 readers' comments

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Live Coverage (Update 11)

Live coverage of the Scrutiny Committee

Thursday, 10th December, 2009 6:21pm

By Sal and Simon with 11 readers' comments

Cowes Floating Bridge Disruption During Wednesday

Cowes Floating Bridge Disruption During Wednesday

Some disruption due next Wednesday.

Thursday, 3rd December, 2009 12:55pm

By Simon Perry

Oh Bollards, Got Me Lorry Stuck

Oh Bollards, Got Me Lorry Stuck

Eeek this is what happens when you take wrong turn.

Wednesday, 20th May, 2009 10:57am

By Lois Prior with one comment

Cowes Floating Bridge Back In Service

Cowes Floating Bridge Back In Service

Hurrah, the vital East/ West Cowes link is back in service.

Thursday, 9th April, 2009 4:49pm

By Simon Perry

Floating Bridge Return Delayed

Floating Bridge Return Delayed

Isle of Wight Council have confirmed today that the Cowes Floating Bridge which was supposed to return to service on 23 March has been delayed but is expected to return to service on Monday

Thursday, 26th March, 2009 11:34am

By Rachael Brooks

Floating Bridge Closed For A Week

Floating Bridge Closed For A Week

Those who use the Cowes-East Cowes chain ferry regularly probably already know this, but anyone who doesn’t, be aware that from Monday 16th March, the floating bridge will be taken out of

Tuesday, 10th March, 2009 2:35pm

By Rachael Brooks