07 Dec 2017

Floating bridge scheduled to return

The Cowes floating bridge is scheduled to reopen to the public this coming Monday (11 December) as part of an extended trial period that will take place this month.

Cars and passengers will be able to use it from 11 December for the normal fees. In addition, and in a gesture of goodwill, the council will allow free travel for foot passengers over the Christmas period between 23 December and 2 January 2018, inclusive. A late night service will also operate on Christmas eve and New Year’s eve to align with Red Funnel Services.

The decision to bring the vessel back into use comes after the council and experts addressed well-publicised issues with the new £3 million vessel.

“There has been significant progress and a great deal of determination to get the floating bridge back into action before the busy Christmas period,” said the leader of the council, Councillor Dave Stewart.

“The trial period could mean that the floating bridge may need be taken out of service or not operate a full service at certain times, however, the intention is that it will operate as closely to the published timetable from now on.

“I would like to thank Cowes and East Cowes residents and businesses for their understanding and patience over the last few months and we hope the vessel will now perform well during this trial period.

“I continue to compile a report into what has happened regarding the well-publicised issues surrounding the floating bridge and this will be published in the New Year.”

Council chief executive John Metcalfe thanked local organisations for their help and patience, including the Cowes Harbour Commission, which has offered support throughout the process.

“Officers have been working hard to get the floating bridge back in service as soon as possible, however, we are rightly being cautious about the next steps. Chain depth testing has been ongoing and there is confidence the vessel will work during the trial period.

“We’ve not been able to address every issue while the bridge has been out of service and the floating bridge’s chains will need further adjustment in the New Year, and there will be some more work to address any remaining noise issues. Everyone will receive notice in good time, if this impacts on services.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience during time the vessel has been out of service.”

Trial period timetable

DATE

HOURS OF OPERATION (LAUNCH)

HOURS OF OPERATION (FLOATING BRIDGE)

Monday 11 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Tuesday 12 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Wednesday 13 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Thursday 14 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Friday 15 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Saturday 16 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Sunday 17 December

-

6.30am-10.30pm

Monday 18 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Tuesday 19 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Wednesday 20 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Thursday 21 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Friday 22 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Saturday 23 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Sunday 24 December

-

6.30am-12.30am (following day)

Monday 25 December

-

7am-10.30pm

Tuesday 26 December

-

7am-10.30pm

Wednesday 27 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Thursday 28 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Friday 29 December

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

Saturday 30 December

5-7am

7am-11pm

Sunday 31 December

-

6.30am-1.30am (following day)

Monday 1 January

-

7am-10.30pm

Tuesday 2 January

5-7am

7am-10.30pm

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Floating bridge scheduled to return to trial service
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Factfile
  • The floating bridge will start a trial service from 11 December 2017
  • Foot passenger travel will be FREE between 23 December and 2 January 2018, inclusive
  • A late night service will operate on Christmas eve and New Year's eve
 
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