Isle Of Wight Council Report Names Date For Floating Bridge Return

A date is in the diary for the return of the Cowes-East Cowes Chain Ferry, according to a report that will be presented to the Isle of Wight Council later (Wednesday).

Mainstay Marine's new Floating Bridge
Mainstay Marine’s new Floating Bridge

All members will meet at County Hall at 6pm tonight (Wednesday).

Councillor Ian Ward
Councillor Ian Ward

Councillor Ian Ward, Executive Member for Transport and Infrastructure, will tell colleagues in the chamber that the council is working to the 6 May for the return of the Floating Bridge.

Meanwhile Mainstay Marine, which has built the replacement vessel, has tweeted a picture prior to its departure for the Isle of Wight. It is hoped the new boat will signed-off on 20 March, before it starts the journey from Wales to the Isle of Wight.

Staff will need to be trained and the new floating bridge will need to be tested before it can be used by the public.

Work to upgrade the slipways on either side of the river Medina can only take place when the tide is right, and it is continuing (scroll down for images of the slipway work).

Floating Bridge out of service
The original Floating Bridge out of service, before it left the Island

In November, the local authority said it hoped to bring the new bridge into service in March. The service ended in January when the old ferry was decommissioned.

Councillor Ward will explain that the new service will begin earlier, if work and training is completed.

See the work on the Floating Bridge slipway thanks to these images by Allan Marsh LRPS:

1. Slipway work

image by Allan Marsh LRPS

2. Slipway work

(c) image by Allan Marsh LRPS

3. Slipway work

East Cowes slipway under construction (c) Allan J Marsh LRPS

4. Slipway work

East Cowes slipway under construction (c) Allan J Marsh LRPS

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