REVEALED: FLOATING BRIDGE HAS SPENT 301 DAYS OUT OF ACTION SINCE ENTERING SERVICE

A new report published by the Isle of Wight Council has revealed that Floating Bridge No.6 has spent the equivalent of 301 days out of service since it arrived on the Island in 2017.

The Isle of Wight Council has launched legal action against Burness Corlett Three Quays (Southampton) Limited and Mainstay Marine Solutions Limited in relation to the troubled Floating Bridge, which has become somewhat of a local joke given the number of issues it has experienced since entering service on 13th May 2017.

These issues include a lack of adequate clearance over the chains at all states of the tide; electrical faults; excessive noise; mechanical/system failures; ramp hinge and ram failures, excessive wear to the guide wheels and hydraulic system issues.

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It is now known that the service has been pulled on no less than 74 separate occasions in less than 4 years, resulting in a total downtime of 274 days and 348 hours – the equivalent of 301 operating days in total (based on 17 hours a day).

The Isle of Wight Council’s Scrutiny Committee will consider a report on the current situation regarding Cowes Floating Bridge on Tuesday 9th March.

The report says that if an agreement cannot be reached at mediation (or for some reason, any one of the parties decides it is not willing to enter mediation), the Council will need to issue court (or arbitration) proceedings.

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tipper
tipper
3 months ago

Yet more money wasted in the heap of crap come on Dave wake up no wonder the council cost us so much money

Know it all
Know it all
Reply to  tipper
3 months ago

Sometimes in life you realise that you have bought a pile of crap, and even though it hurts to do it , throw it away and stat again. You could always put it into the Isle of Wight council black museum. Mmmm dont have a building big enough.

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
Reply to  Know it all
3 months ago

Or you could tow it out to middle of the sea with all the useless money wasters on it, I see HMS Defender is going out from Portsmouth and they could do us all a favour and sink it and all that float !!!!! In it .

Know it all
Know it all
Reply to  Miss sensible
3 months ago

Much better idea than mine Miss S

Loopy Lil
Loopy Lil
3 months ago

Seems a lot more than that.

Stephen
Stephen
Reply to  Loopy Lil
3 months ago

it sounds like they got the wording backwards it should say only 295,5 days in service.Well thats what i think any way.

Helen Highwater
Helen Highwater
3 months ago

A generous interpretation makes that 80% reliability, or as “engineer” Cllr Ward would say: 99%.

So the Council has finally “launched legal action”. Written to their solicitor? Read the contract at last?
But fear not: IW Council Scrutiny Commnittee will “consider” the situation. That’s alright, then. All Dave’s mates will find no fault anywhere near home.

Dan-Gaul
Dan-Gaul
3 months ago

No need to moan, put the X in a better place in May

Benjamin Dyer
Benjamin Dyer
3 months ago

Only 301 days? seems pretty low to me have they got the maths right lol

Obviously‍♂️
Obviously‍♂️
3 months ago

Why is there a bunch of brain dead people sat in an office in the council going, ‘yeah it’s fine, keep throwing money at this, it’s not making us any money, in fact we are loosing money from it everyday, but f*** it, we’re still keep it and try fix it’.
Cut your loses and get rid of the damn thing!!

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
Reply to  Obviously‍♂️
3 months ago

They are probably all working from home still ,waiting for their new air con to be fitted!!!!!!
Biggest waste of space ever ,iow floating (non) Bridge a total joke .
Needs to be blown out of the water ASAP.
You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig !!!!!!!!

Les
Les
3 months ago

One good thing too remember people….now that greedy c ouncil are gona bleed us dry in april…theres more money too waste on the floating turd.fabolous

Sunshine
Sunshine
3 months ago

It’s a complete disgrace. The money this Council has wasted on this engineering disaster. Vote them out at the local elections in May.

Mike Blow
Mike Blow
3 months ago

This is outrageous, how on earth can anyone have any confidence in the IOW council when they are letting this fiasco carry on, the amount of money already “thrown away” on this “White Elephant” is really unacceptable and SOMEONE on the council has to ‘step up to the plate’ and accept responsibility instead of blaming others, this council is becoming a laughing stock regarding this matter and should bring it to a final conclusion and sort it out. Bloody joke.

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