The Cowes Floating Bridge has once again been pulled from service, it has been confirmed this afternoon (Friday).
Vehicles were loaded onto the troublesome Floating Bridge No.6 at East Cowes shortly after 15:00 but were soon instructed to reverse off again.
The Isle of Wight Council’s official website has confirmed that the service is currently suspended, but that it is anticipated that the Floating Bridge will return to service ‘later this evening’.
The vessel is now pulled up on the East Cowes side of the River Medina with school children and other passengers waiting for a launch service to be put into action.
The news comes just weeks after the Floating Bridge had repair work done to the prow at each end of the vessel. Despite being out of service for 20 days between 10th – 30th September, it seems that the Council’s aim of ensuring a ‘good and reliable service’ is not being met.
Motorists will now have to travel 11 miles around the River Medina for their Friday commute home.
UPDATE @ 15:37 – The Council has confirmed that the floating bridge has run aground as a result of high winds.
A launch service is now in operation.
The Floating Bridge is expected to resume a normal service at 19:00 tonight.
UPDATE @ 19:45 – The floating bridge is now back in service.