The Cowes Floating Bridge has been pulled from service this morning (Thursday) due to a mechanical issue.
A short while ago vehicles were forced to reverse off of the troubled Floating Bridge No.6 on the East Cowes side of the River Medina when the chains ‘failed to engage’.
Council employees are now turning vehicles and foot passengers away on both sides of the river.
No official announcement has been made by the Isle of Wight Council but it is known that the service has come to a halt.
Further information suggests the vessel has run aground and won’t be back in service until at least 11:00.
UPDATE @ 09:15 – A passenger launch is now in service between East and West Cowes, but all vehicles must divert via Newport.
UPDATE @ 10:55 – The Cowes Floating Bridge is now back in service according to the Isle of Wight Council.
UPDATE @ 12:30 – A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council has said:
“The floating bridge was temporarily out of service this morning and a replacement foot passenger service provided, due to a combination of wind direction and low tide occurring at the same time.
“The chains had been adjusted yesterday to take account of high winds. However, chains have now been adjusted further this morning to suit the weather conditions and with the return of the high tide, it is now back in service.
“We do plan for weather conditions, but conditions this morning had changed to what had been forecast, therefore necessitating the further adjustments to the chains.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused”.
UPDATE @ 17:50 – The Floating bridge has been pulled from service for a second time today due to yet another problem.
It is unknown when the cross-Medina service will resume.
UPDATE @ 21:40 – The Isle of Wight Council have confirmed that the floating bridge service will resume at 05:00 tomorrow.