The Isle of Wight’s Floating Bridge will run an extended service during this year’s Lendy Cowes Week.
The troubled chain ferry has ceased operation at 10.30pm recently due to noise concerns.
But due to the volumes of anticipated users during Cowes Week, extra sailings have been scheduled – according to the Isle of Wight Council.
From tomorrow (Friday) to Friday 4 August, the Floating Bridge will operate daily from 5am (from Cowes) until 1.50am the following morning on a constant basis. There will be extra crossings at 20 minute intervals from each side of the River Medina each night, with the final sailing from Cowes 3.10am.
Next Friday (4 August), the Floating Bridge will operate as a foot passenger only service between 6pm and 11pm.
The council is advising people to purchase their tickets to travel in advance for next Friday, to ensure the smooth sailing of the bridge at peak travel time.
Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said:
“Lendy Cowes Week 2017 is an important event in the Island’s calendar; a chance to showcase our Island and attract visitors to our shores. It is, therefore, important that we are able to provide people with a good Floating Bridge service during this period, while we remain within the commissioning phase of the new Floating Bridge.
“But, it is equally important that we take into consideration the issues raised by local residents about the levels of noise that they are experiencing from the new vessel’s operation.
“Some noise level readings are currently higher than would be preferable, so the Isle of Wight Council is considering the recommendations arising out of the assessment, so that any necessary and appropriate corrective actions can be planned and undertaken.
“For example, we are looking at measures to dampen the sound of the prow, and are continuing to work with residents as part of the process.”