The Isle of Wight Council has announced that the Cowes Floating Bridge will be out of service until the end of next week.
It had been hoped that, following considerable progress to repair the prow and hinge mechanism on the vessel, Floating Bridge No.6 would be back in service at the start of next week. However, following the assessment of work and parts required today, it is not a simple fix, as had been hoped.
This is due to additional works being required as well as the supply and fitting of both standard and bespoke parts. Once the prow and hinge repairs have been completed, a crane will be used to lift the prow section back into place. Both prows will then be tested and once this is satisfactorily completed, it is hoped the vessel will be back in service at the end of the week.
The foot passenger launch will remain in place in the meantime, offering a shuttle service between 05:00 to 23:00 daily, until the floating bridge is back in service.
A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council says:
“We apologise again for the inconvenience and thank residents for their patience as well as the staff and engineers on site who are working as hard as they can to get the service back up and running”.