Cowes Floating Bridge service to resume on Monday

The Isle of Wight council issue the latest update on the Cowes Floating Bridge, which has been out of service for the last week

floating bridge 6 in the River Medina approaching East Cowes slipway

The Cowes Floating Bridge, which has been out of service for the last week due to failure of a component of the hydraulic ram, will return to service next week, say the Isle of Wight council.

They say,

“Although repairs and inspections to the Cowes Floating Bridge are now complete, due to exceptionally bad weather, including strong tides and winds, it is inadvisable to resume the service until conditions improve and the vessel can land safely.

“The launch remains in operation, though passengers are advised to avoid the crossing around high tide or ensure they have adequate footwear.”

“The floating bridge is due to re-enter service at 5am tomorrow (Monday 16th November).”

Image: © With kind permission of Emma Gee

Sunday, 15th November, 2020 3:07pm

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The IW Council write “…it is inadvisable to resume the service until conditions improve and the vessel can land safely.”

The expected conditions are all well within those specified by the IW Council;-
viz. ‘steady 50 knots of wind and 5 knots of ebb tide.’

So there must be yet more known other problems.

For pity’s sake, scrap this money pit now!

Fenders

Can anyone be bothered to comment?

walkingwizard

Hope they have x-rayed various components for fatigue cracks!

andy

Who cares? It will be out of action by this time next week

Mark L Francis

Do they take down your next of kin to be informed if it doesn’t arrive at the other end?

polly

For goodness sake, this whole thing has been nothing but an embarrassment; stop chucking our money at it…

hialtitude

The ferry cam shows it is actually working, well sort of, it is still using the tug/work boat for assistance, you would have thought that they would resolved that as well, given the amount of time it has been hors de combat.

So still racking up fees for the ‘push boat’, what a junker, what a total waste of time and public funds.