Saver Cards which provide cheaper travel on the Cowes Floating Bridge will be free until the end of April, the Isle of Wight Council have announced today (Friday).
As a good will gesture, the Council is offering the card at no cost for the next 3 months, instead of the usual £2 fee to buy one.
Using the floating bridge can also help ease congestion around Newport while the roadworks are in place on Staplers.
Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said:
“The Saver Card is the cheapest and simplest way to use the floating bridge.
“It works in the same way as the Oyster Card in London, with cash credit stored in an online account which deducts money as and when it’s used.
“The floating bridge is a good alternative for journeys in and out of Newport while the water main replacement works are carried out on Staplers.”
Once registered, the Saver Card gives a considerable saving to floating bridge users, in comparison to the casual ‘pay as you go’ rate.
Cards are available from SpyVelo, Medina Road, Cowes, and Halls Convenience Store, Ferry Road, East Cowes. Cards must be registered online for the savings to apply.
The floating bridge is now said to be running in all tides. The current timetable can be found at https://www.iwfloatingbridge.co.uk/timetable/.
For more information about the Saver Card, visit https://www.iwfloatingbridge.co.uk/saver-card/.