The Cowes – East Cowes Floating Bridge will be pulled from service later this week.

After a troubled weekend, the chain ferry will again be out of service this Thursday (19), for what the Isle of Wight Council says is ongoing maintenance work to improve electrical and navigation systems.

Noise-damping material will also be fixed to the bridge’s prow in an attempt to reduce noise.

Leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Dave Stewart said:

“This planned works is part of our continuing aim to get a good and reliable service for residents during this extended trial period.

It will also give us the opportunity to look at the separate issue such as river silt build up that led to the bridge running aground on Saturday – which has, over the last couple of years, gathered at the bottom of the East Cowes slipway and it has been cleared as needed. I am clear that its removal is undertaken as a routine operation going forward.”

A foot passengers launch will be in place while the bridge is out of service.