New floating bridge: First crossing with public on board (21 HD photos)

The long-awaited new Floating Bridge came into service this afternoon, carrying vehicles and foot passengers across the mouth of the river Medina. Allan Marsh was the first on board to take photos for OnTheWight, see his HD gallery.

Cowes floating bridge 6 - allan marsh

The long-awaited return of the floating bridge in Cowes took place today (Saturday 13th May).

Originally due to begin service in March, the new floating bridge, which was built in Wales by Mainstay Marine, began taking members of the public across the mouth of the River Medina at 2pm today.

Allan Marsh was the first on board (getting on at East Cowes) with his trusty camera to capture the event for OnTheWight, as the first passengers boarded from Cowes.

Excitement levels were high, “It was like a party on board”, he said.

Allan’s gallery
In the meantime take a look through Allan’s gallery of images. Click on the images to see larger versions.

Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh
Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh

Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh

Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh

Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh

Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh

Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh

Cowes Floating Bridge 6 - first journey by Allan Marsh

Image: © With kind permission of Allan Marsh

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Saturday, 13th May, 2017 7:05pm

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tosh
It looks great for foot passangers. But not so good for cars getting off of the chain bridge most of the cars getting off are still grounding out. I would have thought that this problem was sorted out when the new CB was designed. Obviously not well back to the drawing board
tosh

Chain bridge has broken down at 11 am today, Sunday report’s that Engineers on way people had to wade ashore

davimel

Apparently some vehicle owners are already looking to take legal action against the council for damage sustained to their cars whilst leaving the ferry!!! Yet another big OOPS! Surely a basic requirement was for the ramps to be level at all times? Maybe not though…..

nettowilko

What is the new ferry called please?

davee

WIGHT ELEPHANT.

Braveheart
The more you study these photos and the YouTube Video that’s in circulation it proves without doubt, that the problem is not within the design of the bridge but is more to do with the acute angle of the concrete slipways. The bridges loading/unloading ramps should be flexible enough to adjust to the tide depth at any given time unlike the road extensions, which are fixed. Therefore,… Read more »
tapwash

Angle of slipways is the same as it has always been.

Braveheart
You state that the angles of the slipways have always been the same. If what you state is correct, then this explains why vehicles grounded whilst loading/unloading on previous Floating Bridges. Therefore, the angle problem should have been rectified during the time of the recent considerable construction works that took place to accommodate the new Floating Bridge. Also prior to putting the Floating Bridge into service, instead… Read more »
Kasper

Not to worry: I’m sure when the next one comes into service in 25 or 30 years they’ll take this into account.

Tim

Hopefully by then we will have Councillors who have grasped that in the 21st century a tunnel under the Media is possible and forget about archaic 19th century transportation methods

Tim

Oops typo…should read “Medina”

Kasper

… And I hear from a friend who was stranded there was a breakdown, and the floating bridge has been taken out of service for the time being.

electrickery
So what the blue blazes have they been testing for the last fortnight??? Whether the kettle boils quickly enough? Not much anybody can do about the angle of the slipways, so ferry design should have catered. Has anybody seen the tender spec? It all happened very quickly and quietly. People with scraped cars might want to reflect on good driving practice, as so widely taught on the… Read more »
tr2015

A legacy for us from the Island Independent group – not fit for purpose.

Billy Builder

The Independents were infinitely better that the Tory shambles that went before and I suspect they will have infinitely better than the current administration once they decimate island services and out-source ecerything to Hampshire.

On a slightly different tack, Hovertravel introduced 2 new hovercraft 12 months ago, but still haven’t got them working properly. So don’t necessarily blame the Council !!

tr2015

at least I could use the FB before. now, as I don’t have a 4×4, I have to continue to go around, or face the risk of grounding…..

tapwash

Floating bridge now back in service. Not many punters willing to risk it though.