Floating bridge out for two days of essential maintenance

The Isle of Wight council say that a passenger launch will be in operation on each day during the essential maintenance.

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The Isle of Wight council have announced upcoming “essential maintenance” of the Cowes floating bridge.

The service will not be operating on Sunday 15th July or Monday 16th July.

A passenger launch will be in operation on each day.

Sunday 15th July

Monday 16th July

The IWC say the service will resume at 0500 on Tuesday 17th July.

Monday, 9th July, 2018 5:35pm


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At least they’re admitting that it’s not “scheduled maintenance”. So “essential maintenance”, eh, AKA “repairs”?


Why does this ‘Essential Maintenance’ need to be undertaken when the River Medina has one of its lowest tidal heights of the year at just 0.30m with the commensurate strongest and fastest ebb tide?


Does that mean if they try to use it, it will crash/not be able to dock ?


This bl…y heap of crap is not a service but an excessively expensive liability. Time to consider an alternative, methinks (maybe a bridge).


As a resident of Hayling Island, I can certainly recommend a bridge – ours to the mainland is a bit of a bottleneck very occasionally but would easily handle the WestEast Cowes levels of traffic.


mephisto, your bridge is little more than a causeway since it does not have to accommodate large vessels below it, so not comparable in terms of engineering cost or geographical essentials. A causeway further upriver *might* indeed be possible, but has been rejected by those forward-thinking folk at IW Council.