The Cowes to East Cowes Floating Bridge service has been suspended again this afternoon (Saturday), this time for works to change a prow cable.
The chain ferry is out of service for the second day running, having been taken withdrawn from service yesterday after a weld spit.
Today’s suspension is a result of works needing to be carried out to change the southwest prow cable.
A temporary passenger launch service is in operation from lunchtime, and works are expected to be completed later this afternoon.
A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council has said:
“A replacement launch service will operate for floating bridge foot passengers from 12 noon, following the need to change the south-west prow cable.
“The temporary service will continue while repairs are carried out, but it is anticipated the vessel will return to service later today.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused”
Island Echo readers have said that Island Roads are aware and sending somebody to investigate.
The Southern Water roadworks which have been carried out under temporary traffic lights at Horsebridge Hill have been removed for the bank holiday weekend.
UPDATE – The Floating Bridge resumed service earlier and was fully operational as of 15:15, the Isle of Wight Council has confirmed.