Cowes Floating Bridge to be out for ten days for maintenance works

The work could not be scheduled earlier during lockdown, but is anticipated to be completed in time for the summer holidays

floating bridge suspended sign

Essential maintenance work is to be carried out on Cowes floating bridge this month in advance of an expected increase in visitor numbers to the Island during the summer holidays.

During the work, which is scheduled to start on Tuesday 14th July, there will be a reliable and safe replacement passenger launch service between Cowes and East Cowes – with the necessary Covid-19 measures in place, including social distancing, face coverings and contactless payment.

Replacing main drive wheels
The planned maintenance work is to replace segments on the vessel’s two main drive wheels as well as complete noise mitigation measures. It is envisaged it will take around ten days, with contractors working extended hours to complete the maintenance as soon as possible.

The scheduling of the essential work is designed to ensure it is completed before the end of July, so the service is up and running for a busy August, and the remainder of the summer and into the winter months.

Passenger launch
Foot passengers currently using the floating bridge, including school pupils, will be able to switch to the launch while the works are carried out.

The launch will be able to accommodate up to 25 passengers each trip on its shuttle service between 5am and 11pm, and face masks must be worn. There will be a floating bridge foot passenger ticket collector to marshal users appropriately.

Ward: Work had been difficult to schedule earlier in lockdown
Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, Councillor Ian Ward, said:

“It has been very difficult to time these works without affecting users of the floating bridge, but we have endeavoured to do so with the aim of all being in place for a return of the service during the peak season. We apologise for any inconvenience during this time.

“The work had been difficult to schedule earlier in the lockdown period, as we wanted to maintain the service as a priority for those needing to cross the Medina, especially key workers, while the Red Jet was not in operation.

“The replacement launch service will provide a regular Medina crossing while the works are undertaken, including catering for any pick up in foot traffic in the post-4th July lockdown easing period.”

Although schools will not finish their terms until later in July, there are currently a low numbers of pupils using the floating bridge.

Any passengers with concerns or questions are asked to email [email protected] or visit the Website.

100 per cent reliability since March
Since the end of March, the floating bridge has operated a service at 100 per cent reliability, with key Covid-19 safety measures introduced in accordance with government regulations and guidelines.

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4 Comments on "Cowes Floating Bridge to be out for ten days for maintenance works"

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They need to stop saying ‘reliability’ – during peak periods and when the shops are open, it often makes fewer crossings back and forth. It’s not reliable if wheels that didn’t need to be replaced as often as these ones do (due to the design and weight of the bridge) are having to be replaced. This floating bridge is costing the taxpayer SO MUCH MONEY. Oh, and… Read more »
Benny C
Well they got voted in somehow! Unless folks find a way to make them accountable, they’ll get in again. Ian Ward is the cabinet member accountable for this procurement mess. The same man who was filmed browsing on line in an important scrutiny meeting. The same man who couldn’t recite basic performance stats to the same committee. He also voted for the island roads contract after admitting… Read more »
When will the IW Council issue a complete list of all the items on FB6 which they consider require ‘Essential Maintenance’ together with their planned schedule of repairs and overhauls so we can all appreciate the care and attention to detail Cllr Ward has given to this essential transport link. By the way the IW Council should also let us know what they have planned when MV… Read more »

It’s a white elephant.