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Work to improve noise levels on and around the Cowes Floating Bridge has had an instant impact, according to the Isle of Wight Council.

A rubber ‘shoe’ and a mesh mat have been installed on the Cowes side of the River Medina to lessen the sound of the ramp when it hits the slipway to allow vehicles and passengers on and off.

Council leader Councillor Dave Stewart visited the floating bridge yesterday (Monday) to inspect the work and chat with staff.

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He said:

“The initial test results tell us the noise has been reduced, so it appears these solutions are working very well.

“This is certainly good news for our neighbours near the bridge and is part of a concerted effort to further improve the service.

The next stage in the ongoing Floating Bridge saga will be to design a solution that will ensure the floating bridge can operate in all tides – a major technical problem that needs to be overcome.

Cllr Stewart adds:

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“Work continues to achieve this in partnership the vessel’s designers and Wight Shipyard.

“In the meantime, I would like to thank the floating bridge’s staff for their professionalism and hard work in making sure the vessel is the very best it can be while the last remaining major issue is solved.”

The shoe, made by Wight Shipyard, was attached to the ramp last week.

Councillor Stewart, who was joined by Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member responsible for the floating bridge, added the service worked well in August, operating for 91.5% of its scheduled operating hours.

The cost of the shoe was £8,106. The cost of the 22mm Mini Mesh matting installed earlier this month and made by Dura Composite was £3,391, bringing the total amount of recent investment to £11,497.

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