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FLOATING BRIDGE TO REMAIN OUT OF ACTION UNTIL NEXT WEEK


The Cowes Floating Bridge will be out of service until early next week, the Isle of Wight Council has confirmed.

As previously reported by Island Echo, the troubled Floating Bridge No.6 was pulled from service on Tuesday due to a problem with the prow of the vessel.

Now, Council officials have confirmed that the floating bridge will remain out of service until next week to enable the necessary repairs to the prow and hinge assembly.

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In the meantime, a replacement foot passenger launch is in place, operating a shuttle service between 05:00 and 23:00 each day, until repairs to the prow have been completed.

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Martin
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Martin

How much worse can this get ?

Taxpayer
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Taxpayer

Well wait till this happens when the St Mary’s roundabout circus gets going.

Some people have proper jobs and can’t just wander into council offices at whatever time they get there after being stuck in traffic with nil effect on work (sic) or pay!

John Yunnie
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John Yunnie

Roadworks at Northwood are already causing massive delays on the road from Newport to Cowes.

Brian Filmore
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Brian Filmore

More cost to the taxpayer, for bring in the ferry. Does the tug that is on hire have to be paid for. But then it is our money being spent.

Fedup
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Fedup

Why are those involved in this fiasco still in a job? Any properly run concern would have got rid of them long ago. Sorry, forgot it is the IOW Council.

Common Sense
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Common Sense

Was this deliberately timed to coincide with the Northwood roadworks? Let me tell you about the totally pathetic Island Roads workers….Yesterday, around 3.30pm, about 15 minutes to get out of Cowes. Eventually got through the lights, to witness 5 workers doing bugger all, just standing and chatting. Today, over 20 minutes to get through the lights, and guess what….4.25pm, AND NOT A SINGLE PERSON ON SITE!. Is it any wonder, that it is going to take 3 weeks to do a job that could be done in a few days? Dreading St Marys debacle. 14 bloody months of sheer hell. No weekend working, and workers on site from 10.00am till 3pm. What a shambolic and disrespectful way to treat islanders that pay the money to fill those nice brown envelopes that are distributed to the men (and women, of course) with the funny handshakes and rolled-up trouser leg. 14 months to do a job that could be done in 6 months, by working 7 days a week, and utilising all daylight hours to the full….and some night time work as well. AND US STUPOID LOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT!! Where is our MP when you need him???

Penny Green
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Penny Green

The floating bridge is not fit for purpose it should have been returned in the first couple of weeks of its arrival with all the problems experienced.
If any of us purchased say a brand new washing machine and it started showing faults within days of use we would take it back demand a refund and get it! Why not with this heap of rubbish?

Totally agree with everything you say. Have also seen lots of the workers chatting on their phones. They aren’t managed – the management should get off their backsides out of their offices and go round sites checking on their crews to ensure they are working. All of these road works and the next St Mary phase could be done at night?????

Fedup
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Fedup

And I bet it is no better on Carpenters Road, Brading, closed for 4 weeks and to hell with the residents of St Helens, Bembridge and Nettlestone / Seaview. Who ever appointed these people?

Old bean
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Old bean

Has more breaks than parliament there a joke too

Duane Cardell
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Duane Cardell

St Marys roadworks should be scrapped now ..! No-one wants it,,… I myself have witness the workers along northwood stood doing nothing most times I’ve passed there…. And as for the floating bridge I think even James Cameron would be hard pushed to write a better disaster movie, the councillors involved should have their wages capped to minimum or stopped and be investigated as to how this should be allowed to happen,…. Listening to school children in the mornings complaining they will be late is a bit concerning,,, and for working adults to be charged to cross on the jenny boat because of very poor running choices is ridiculous………. The waiting area East cowes is a death waiting to happen even so now the right hand turn has been closed off meaning every vehicle has to pass within inches of people waiting,,, the guttering is inside so water pours over the seats when it’s raining…. The new slipways were layed by cigarette smoking chimps who looked clueless, the bash poles were only installed because the bloody thing is too big,… Why..? Because the council are the greediest and stupidest in the country…… And move the shitty black rubber mat West cowes side before some pensioner trips and gets seriously messed up……..!!

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