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The Cowes Floating Bridge will be out of service once again this Thursday (19th April) for on-going maintenance work to improve electrical and navigation systems. 

Noise-damping material will also be fixed to the bridge’s prow to further reduce the noise which has been distressing local residents since Floating Bridge No. 6’s arrival.

As normal, the foot passengers launch will be in place while the bridge is out of service.

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Leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Dave Stewart, has said:

“This planned works is part of our continuing aim to get a good and reliable service for residents during this extended trial period.

“It will also give us the opportunity to look at the separate issue such as river silt build up that led to the bridge running aground on Saturday – which has, over the last couple of years, gathered at the bottom of the East Cowes slipway and it has been cleared as needed. I am clear that its removal is undertaken as a routine operation going forward.”

The planned work is to:

  • Install reset switches for touchscreens and hydraulic control panel to improve the current system;
  • Fit a replacement navigation strobe light;
  • Adjust the northwest CCTV camera angle and
  • Fit damper material (Trellex) to further protect the chain ferry prow.

An independent noise consultant will, with Environmental Health, be taking further noise measurements on site at the council’s request –this will follow the above works to the underside of the prow ramps to reduce noise.

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