The Floating Bridge will be back in action on Monday (11), according to Isle of Wight Council.
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Its return is part of an extended trial period that will take place this month, as previously reported by Isle of Wight Radio.
Both cars and passengers will be able to use it from 11 December, for the normal fees.
The local authority says as a gesture of goodwill it will allow free travel for foot passengers over the Christmas period between 23 December and 2 January 2018.
It will also be operating a late night service on Christmas eve and New Year’s eve to align with Red Funnel’s services.
Council Leader, Councillor Dave Stewart said:
“There has been significant progress and a great deal of determination to get the floating bridge back into action before the busy Christmas period. 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.
Councillor Stewart added:
“I continue to compile a report into what has happened regarding the well-publicised issues surrounding the floating bridgeand this will be published in the New Year.”
Council chief executive John Metcalfe said:
“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.”
Councillor Metcalfe added:
“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.”
The latest timetable is as follows…
|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|