Floating Bridge back in service after more repairs carried out (updated)

Yesterday it was a split weld, today it is a prow cable starting to part

floating bridge suspended sign

The Cowes Floating Bridge was out of action once again today (Saturday).

The Isle of Wight council reported the suspension was to allow for the south west prow cable to be changed, after it was identified as starting to part and at risk of failure.

A replacement launch service was in operation since noon and the temporary service continued while repairs were carried out.

The Bridge came back into service at 15.15 today.

The council apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Article edit
5.30pm 1st May 2021 – Article updated following resumption of service

Image: © With kind permission of Allan Marsh

Saturday, 1st May, 2021 2:33pm


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First it was design faults – now it is shoddy workmanship. When can we return it as unfit for purpose?


same could be said of the council!


Agreed, the only solution is we need to radically change it…..just like the IW Council.

the point about a weld crack on a ram is serious,rams when manufactured have to be over pressurised during test and issued with a certificate ,has the council got one ? You dont see jcbs or even wightlink replaceing their hydraulic rams as often as the floating brigde, anyway feed back should go back to builder,the other thing it could be is not sized correctly for the… Read more »

And what about the other three rams. Have they been inspected for cracks etc.?


Welding done by an apprentice perhaps? Clearly, they don’t inspect using X-Ray.


I chanced to view the ferry cam a few moments ago.

One single solitary car on it, no cars waiting for it at the East Cowes bank either.

It’s 2pm on a bank holiday Monday.

I wonder how much it costs to transport one lonely car across the Medina?

When things are so unreliable they tend to become unused.