Cowes Floating Bridge ferry ‘out of motion for weeks’

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Andrew Cooke

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The £three.2m Cowes Floating Bridge changed an older ferry in 2017

A “main fault” on a three-year-old chain ferry is not going to be mounted for a number of weeks at the very least, a council has indicated.

The £three.2m Cowes Floating Bridge has suffered repeated technical issues since coming into service in 2017.

Isle of Wight Council mentioned work would begin on Monday to diagnose the reason for the hydraulic fault, which was detected throughout upkeep in July.

It mentioned a completion date for repairs ought to be recognized by the top of August.

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Residents have beforehand protested over the ferry’s repeated technical issues

The council, which operates the ferry, apologised for the continued disruption and mentioned preparations had been made to take away foremost elements of the hydraulic system for examination.

In a press release it mentioned: “By the top of August we are going to know the trigger, extent of the difficulty, date for completion of the works and return to service.”

A launch service for foot passengers is operating between Cowes and East Cowes whereas the ferry is out service, however drivers face a detour of as much as 11 miles (18km).

Residents have beforehand protested over repeated issues which have included the ferry usually operating aground, being taken out of service after a series broke and electrical faults.

 

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