Cowes Floating Bridge continues to be out of service

If the Bridge comes back into service on the date the Isle of Wight council says, it would have been out of service for over three weeks

Floating bridge crew from behind

The saga of the Cowes Floating Bridge continues after the Isle of Wight council advise there are further delays to its return.

The Bridge was originally supposed to be out of service for ten days (14th-24th July) for what the council said was “essential maintenance work”.

The ten days came and went and the return to service was delayed for another four days, due to be returning to service on Tuesday (28th).

Now the council say the Bridge won’t be back in service until at least next Tuesday (5th August) – having then been out of service for over three weeks.

Foot passengers
The launch service for foot passengers will continue to operate from 0500-2300 (0630-2300 Sundays).

Diversion for vehicles
The usual traffic that uses the Bridge to cross the River Medina has been diverted via Newport and through the St Mary’s junction roadworks.

Image: © BBC

Thursday, 30th July, 2020 2:56pm



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9 Comments on "Cowes Floating Bridge continues to be out of service"

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When will there be an independent enquiry into the mismanagement by the IW Council regarding the procurement of this Floating Bridge? Perhaps by Solent LEP? When will the IW Council take legal action against the Naval Architects and the Shipbuilders who designed and built this disastrous Floating Bridge? When will we CouncilTaxpayers be told the total costs to date including design and purchase of FB6, hire of… Read more »

Agreed that action should be taken, but the manufacturers built it to designs and specifications…

Such a farce. The prow hydraulics amongst many other things have broken down many, many times. A few Isle of Wight Council officers want to save face so we get stuck with a floating bridge that doesn’t work well, hurts local businesses, and costs us so much money over its lifetime that we could have built a few more floating bridges for the extra taxpayer money we’re… Read more »

Are we now at a point to call time of this floating farce, or are we forever going to throw IW Council Taxpayers money into this bottomless pit?

Benny C

Bob Seeley. I know you read this. Where are you? This needs your intervention.

Chiverton Paul

Perhaps a class or multiple complaints to the council followed up by the Ombudsman.

The lack of transparency of this contract and subsequent action by the council has an odour of poor management of public funds and poor procurement with a hint of back covering.


The roadsign advising that the service isn’t operational that has been erected on the way to East Cowes looks pretty permanent.

Mark L Francis

How can they tell?

I would like to know from the man himself or from anyone who knows him, on a scale of 1 to 10, how Dave Stewart would rate the success of his project to replace the floating bridge, where 1 is abject failure and 10 is technically and financially perfect. I’m pretty sure I know where 99.9 % of the Island’s population would rate it but it would… Read more »