Floating bridge is out of service: The Cabinet member is slammed over failure

Just days after Cllr Ian Ward said “Residents will be able to use the floating bridge during the Christmas period so they can enjoy shopping, celebrating and travelling to family and friends,” the service has been suspended due to another failure of the £6.5+m bridge.

floating bridge suspended

Just days after Cllr Ian Ward had said “Residents will be able to use the floating bridge during the Christmas period so they can enjoy shopping, celebrating and travelling to family and friends,” the service is suspended.

According to the ward councillor for East Cowes, Karl Love, there is a fault with the west prow. This is the one that recently had a corner chopped from it.

Love: Predicatable
Cllr Love told OnTheWight,

“We should have known this would happen, as Cllr Ward was only bragging the other day that the service would be running over Christmas this week and it seems that whenever he opens his mouth about the bridge, it then fails.

“What did he say last week? ‘In operation for 99.5 per cent of its scheduled hours’, but it’s costing the people of our Island a small fortune with no end in sight to the chain issues.

“It’s not just about statistical data, it’s about customer service.”

FB Website: “Running to timetable”
Strangely, despite the service having been suspended for some time, the Isle of Wight council’s official floating bridge Website still says it’s in service.

FB Live status

The more reliable FloatyFinder Website gives the true status of the bridge.

Love: “What a joke Cllr Ward has become”
Cllr Love went on to say,

“What a joke Cllr Ward has become over this issue, in my view making fools of the Administration and causing significant damage to our town businesses and industries.

“Shopping retail is affected and interrupted on they most important weekend of Christmas and no sign of an end to the chain issues which are deafening on board the vessel.”

Ward: Extended hours into New Year’s Day
Last week, Cllr Ian Ward, Cabinet member responsible for the vessel had said,

“Residents will be able to use the floating bridge during the Christmas period so they can enjoy shopping, celebrating and travelling to family and friends.

“There are still issues and Wight Shipyard continues to work on solutions to allow the vessel to operate in all tides, but the service continues to improve.”

Sunday, 23rd December, 2018 11:19am

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eastcowes
Ian Ward announces the Christmas floating bridge schedule as if it were something new! But the lovely staff every year run the floating bridge so we can get around to our families. Don’t buy into the Council’s spin. Anyway, the whole reason this is a floating bridge instead of a bridge is due to the river traffic. Yet we pay for it one way or another, not… Read more »
rhona63

Would be better to get a New Floating Bridge or get the old one back stop throwing good money after bad.

confidential

Colin has been proved correct about his letter published on 1st November 2018 …

https://onthewight.com/letter-its-time-for-ian-ward-and-dave-stewart-to-admit-they-were-wrong/

And why is the Chief Executive who is directly responsible for this appalling situation still in post?

boatman

The incompetence would be astounding if this was anywhere but the Isle of Wight Council – here it is the norm…

njb249

The well known brewery syndrome comes to mind!