AUDIO Floating Bridge: Council’s Transport Member On Medina Crossing Curfew

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“I’m not a sailor. I don’t understand the ebb tide….I do sympathise but I can assure you we’re trying to do the best we can…I don’t run the daily operation. That’s what officers do.” 

Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Ian Ward has been speaking to Isle of Wight Radio this morning (Friday) about the authority’s decision to completely withdraw the Cowes-East Cowes chain ferry, from Monday.

Scroll down to hear Cllr Ian Ward speaking to Isle of Wight Radio today…

Councillor Ian Ward

The floating bridge will be replaced with only a partial service, provided by the foot passenger launch, as Isle of Wight Radio reported yesterday (Thursday).

So, does Councillor Ward believe that people using the reduced service should have to pay to cross?

“I don’t know. I don’t know if they’ve paid on the Jenny boat before. This is an operational matter…Cabinet members deal with policy.

“The officers are briefing me…on a daily basis. At what point do we say we shouldn’t continue to provide an inconsistent service? My personal opinion is that [to pay] would probably be unfair, but I would have to check that.”

Councillor Ward told Isle of Wight Radio that a review is continuing and that a “couple of questions” have been raised. But he says the £3 million vessel does work well and that not all are unhappy with it:

“I was talking to some residents last night.  They’re saying “This is quite a good boat actually – far better than the old one.”


Scroll down to hear Cllr Ian Ward speaking to Isle of Wight Radio today…

Councillor Ward says cost cutting is not the number one priority when it comes to the new replacement launch schedule. It will mean there is no link between the towns for at least three hours in the middle of the day, and it will also finish earlier.

Hear Councillor Ian Ward in full, speaking to Breakfast Show presenter Paul Topping this morning (Friday):