The Isle of Wight Council is spending more than £8,000 on a ‘noise reducing shoe’ for the Cowes Floating Bridge.  

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio earlier this month, the ongoing work is part of the Isle of Wight Council’s attempt to reduce noise levels on the chain ferry.

The second phase will see the £8,106 ‘ shoe’, made by Wight Shipyard,  fitted to the Cowes side on Wednesday (19). 

The Cowes – East Cowes link will be out of service from 7am – 7pm as a result.

Isle of Wight Council leader Councillor Dave Stewart said:

“Work is progressing well on making sure the floating bride is the best possible service and one that is less noisy for residents living nearby,” said Isle of Wight Council leader Councillor Dave Stewart.

“After the shoe is installed, it will be tested to make sure it does what it is designed to do and we look forward to receiving those results.

“We are confident that, along with the matting, this will do a great deal to lessen the noise of the bridge on the West Cowes side of the Medina.

“In addition, Wight Shipyard continues to work on designs to enable the floating bridge to be in operation in all tide conditions – the last major technical issue that needs to be overcome.

“We are sorry that the bridge will be out of service for a day while the shoe is fitted but this is a planned stop and one that will ultimately benefit local residents.”

Councillor Stewart added that the bridge continues to “work well” and said that in August it was in operation for 91.5 per cent of its scheduled operating hours.

In addition to the shoe, the 22mm Mini Mesh matting made by Dura Composite comes with a bill of £3,391.