The Cowes Floating Bridge will once again be out of action tomorrow (Thursday), this time to allow essential maintenance to be completed.
It was just a week ago that the East Cowes to Cowes service was brought to a halt due to a technical issue with the west prow. The floating bridge was then suspended again on Tuesday owing to a hydraulic leak.
Now, the Isle of Wight Council has announced that the troubled vessel will be pulled from service between 09:30-15:30 to enable work to the chain ferry’s hydraulic pipes – despite the hydraulic system being completely overhauled in 2020.
The all too familiar foot passenger launch will be in operation.
A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council has said:
“Essential modifications to the Cowes floating bridge will see a replacement launch service brought in tomorrow (Thursday).
“The temporary launch service for foot passengers and cyclists will be in place between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
“The maintenance concerns the vessel’s hydraulic pipes which cannot be accessed when the vessel is in the water. The timing of these works is dependent upon the tides.
“We apologise for any inconvenience”.