OIL LEAK RESULTS IN YET ANOTHER FLOATING BRIDGE SUSPENSION

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The Cowes Floating Bridge has been suspended for the umpteenth time this morning (Friday) due to yet another hydraulic oil leak.

Just weeks after a 14-week overhaul and 2 subsequent periods of repair, Floating Bridge No.6 is once again out of action.

Island Echo is told that the South West ram is leaking hydraulic oil, which could result in oil being polluted into the River Medina.

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A foot passenger launch is being put into place to maintain a connection between Cowes and East Cowes.

It’s currently unclear how long the Floating Bridge will be suspended for.

The Isle of Wight Council are yet to issue a statement on the matter.

UPDATE – A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council has said:

“Unfortunately we have no option but to suspend the Cowes floating bridge service this morning (Friday) while engineers investigate an hydraulic oil leak.

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“We have arranged for a replacement foot passenger launch to operate and will work closely with our contractors to resume the service as quickly as possible.

“We wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused”.

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Tony
Tony
1 month ago

Time to use the headline to announce when it is operating.

Stephen63
Stephen63
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

When it’s operating it’s polluting the air too, as the council chose an old oil burning propulsion system, instead of an electric flywheel or battery system which recharges at each side of the river..

a w hough
a w hough
1 month ago

not again scrap the bloody thing and build a bridge save money in long term

Fedup
Fedup
1 month ago

Suspend the council. Public enquiry.

Kenneth higham
Kenneth higham
1 month ago

Come on Enough is Definitely Enough. Time for the Floating bucket of Shite to GO. Along with some Council Heads.

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

Brilliant let’s spend more money on it

bobthebuilder
bobthebuilder
Reply to  Ben
1 month ago

yethey will your and my tax increase next year …tossers

Kostas Quiteabit
Kostas Quiteabit
1 month ago

Oh no!

Opinions Matter
Opinions Matter
1 month ago

There needs to be a public enquiry regarding the amount of money the council is pouring into this OBVIOUS lost cause.

Bryan
Bryan
1 month ago

It’s ok, another few miles of ‘safety’ lines and increased parking charges should cover it – out with the yellow paint and the tickets !

Just Sayin’
Just Sayin’
Reply to  Bryan
1 month ago

It’s worse than that Bryan. The council have the green light to increase council tax next year by a whopping 5%. That’ll buy a boat load, pun intended, of lipstick for this pig.

Pepe
Pepe
Reply to  Just Sayin’
1 month ago

Imagine all that cocaine the council are going to snort next year. LOADS!!!

TAX EVERYONE TO DEATH!!!!

Truth
Truth
1 month ago

Who cares anymore? Sack and sell the houses of those idiots that agreed this fiasco, enough is enough….

Old mike
Old mike
1 month ago

As we used to say when I was in the RAF “A joke’s a joke, but blow a pantomime!”

Jimmy
Jimmy
Reply to  Old mike
1 month ago

Another RAF idiosyncrasy SNAFU – ‘Situation normal all f###ed up!’

Tricia
Tricia
1 month ago

Can we just replace the seemingly permanent ‘out of service’ signs with one that says NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE

c’mon IWC, have the courage to scrap it.

Islandhammer
Islandhammer
1 month ago

Scrap it!

Alan
Alan
1 month ago

Just be glad that the engineers!!! do not build planes.

g hodges
g hodges
1 month ago

sack the council members they are a waste of time the same as the floating bridge

plato
plato
1 month ago

Yet another tedious failure from this clearly unfit for purpose vehicle, yet another weak response from the council, this grotesque insult to the Isle of Wight taxpayers must be removed from service permanently. PUBLIC ENQUIRY NOW.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

I think the council should pay for it as they had a pay rise a couple of months ago

fedup
fedup
Reply to  Rob
1 month ago

Reward for failure yet again. Time for a 100% clear out of County Hall. They are simply not fit for purpose. If this was a commercial organisation they would be bankrupt by now, so why are these people still here? Answer: because they are financed out of public funds, in other words our taxes over which we have no control. You are a sham. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Do the decent thing – GO.

Oldbutalive
Oldbutalive
1 month ago

I reckon this totally useless piece of rubbish should be recycled into something that is useful.
Mind you, you can’t recycle this council into something useful!
So what’s the answer, sack them all.

Noodles
Noodles
1 month ago

Unbelievable

Daphne
Daphne
1 month ago

Words fail me!

Genital worm
Genital worm
1 month ago

This is excellent news.

Genital worm
Genital worm
1 month ago

They should increase council tax by 100%

Traveller
Traveller
Reply to  Genital worm
1 month ago

prick

Andy Tyler
Andy Tyler
Reply to  Traveller
1 month ago

His name states he lives on one.

Benny
Benny
1 month ago

Here’s an idea .. tow it down the river and open it up as a nightclub – long live the Medway queen …

Miss Nursey
Miss Nursey
1 month ago

Honestly this is a major embarrassment now !!!! When will they face it, HELLO it’s not fit for purpose ??????

J D
J D
Reply to  Miss Nursey
1 month ago

It IS fit for purpose. It can carry cars and foot passengers across the river, that is its purpose.
It is clearly badly built, badly designed, constantly breaking down, and needs a pusher boat, but it is fit for the purpose it was built for.

If the council did declare it “not fit for purpose” what would you then expect to happen? The thing cost £4 million. Replacing it would cost the same if not more. Where do you expect that money to come from?

The council are following a legal process. There is nothing else they can do.

Caulkhead
Caulkhead
Reply to  J D
1 month ago

A rare thing on this website, someone talking sense. The council are following a legal process and trying to get their losses back through the courts. The council didn’t build the thing so its hardly their fault if it keeps breaking down. If you bought a new car that kept breaking down, would that be your fault or the fault of the manufacturer?

john edwards
john edwards
1 month ago

Saturday morning and still not answering their phone, still out of service but website saying running according to the schedule, not funny anymore.

J D
J D
1 month ago

all those moaning about the council…. local elections next year.
go vote.

Caulkhead
Caulkhead
Reply to  J D
1 month ago

Quite right. But I’m willing to bet that most of the people who continually moan about the council on here have never bothered to vote in their lives. Its easy to be a keyboard complainer but getting off your lazy backsides and taking a trip to the polling station requires some effort.

IOWter
IOWter
1 month ago

Public enquiry needed end of.

J D
J D
Reply to  IOWter
1 month ago

how would that be “end of”?
Any enquiry may establish liability or may not. The architechts and builders may then be liable for the cost of repairs and lost earnings, which would likely drive them bankrupt before even half of it was paid. We will not get our money back, we will not return it and get something that works. It just wont happen unless government pays for a new one – which they wont as they have already paid for this one.

Cj moan
Cj moan
1 month ago

Send it back, I can’t believe it’s still on the river or was it a bent deal gone wrong

batman
batman
1 month ago

scrap it

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