The floating bridge came in to service at 5am this morning and less than 10 hours later, the service has been suspended.
It is just one more embarrassment for the Isle of Wight Council in the ongoing saga of the beleaguered floating bridge.
They say that there is nothing ‘mechanically wrong’ with the new vessel.
The current suspension is being blamed on a fast falling tide. As you can see from our pictures, the floating bridge is grounded at East Cowes.
An Isle of Wight Council statement says:
“There is nothing mechanically wrong with the floating bridge, it will refloat as the tide returns around 7pm this evening. While the crews continue to get used to the dimensions of the new bridge, and when tides turn rapidly, this is a known and normal operational risk. A passenger launch will shortly be in operation to ensure that people can continue to cross the river this evening.”
A replacement foot passenger service is currently in operation and cars are being diverted back. which will mean using the one way system at Fairlee and Staplers Roads.
Isle of Wight Council say the service will be expected to resume around 7pm this evening.