COWES FLOATING BRIDGE TO STOP CASH PAYMENTS DUE TO COVID-19 RISK

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The Isle of Wight Council is introducing some measures on the Cowes Floating Bridge to reduce the level of risk to staff and users.

With effect from Monday (23rd March) no cash will be accepted by the crew on the vessel or by the foot passenger ticket collectors.

Payment will be accepted by means of Saver Card, WebApp and pre-purchased casual tickets only. Foot passenger Saver Cards and pre-purchased casual tickets will need to be scanned via self-scan units.

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Casual tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines based in Cowes and East Cowes.

Motorists’ tickets/cards will be scanned through closed windows.

Meanwhile, hand sanitiser gel has been placed on board and all crew instructed to wear blue gloves.

Staff will also be regularly cleaning touch points (handrails, grabrail etc) throughout the day.

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Seay

Likely be broken down soon anyway.

Although wasn’t life wonderful when the chain ferry was our ‘main’ item of news to worry and complain about?

Swillams

How about the council just stops charging passengers during this moment in time. There will be people who only carry change such as some Elderly people who don’t know how to use the self service machines. So iow council how about a bit of common decency to help all during this difficult time.

DoGet Agrip

Why not add a bit of 21st Century flair and provide handheld touch payment devices for the staff.
This would eliminate hundreds of hands touching the self-serve terminals and give the staff an easy hassle-free way to deal with the issue surely?

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