Ongoing issues to keep Cowes ferry out of action


The Floating Bridge ferry in the Isle of Wight’s Cowes has now been out of service since late August due to a fault problem with one of its onboard engines. The chain ferry is now expected to be unable to return to operations until the middle of November.

Since it was first launched in 2017, the ferry has experienced numerous issues. Along with multiple electrical faults, it has also suffered from excessive noise, hydraulic leaks, broken chains and passenger cars damaging their bumpers.

It was originally anticipated that repair work could be completed in around four weeks, but this prognosis has since been updated. A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight’s council recently commented:

“The extent of the damage is greater than originally anticipated and the repairs will take longer to complete. We can only apologise for the ongoing disruption.”

Companies seeking electrical repairs in Chester, the Isle of Wight and other parts of the UK should only employ certified professionals to carry out work. Qualified electrical contractors can be counted on to complete project of all sizes competently, ensuring electrics are safe to use and delivering maximum performance.

While the ferry is unable to operate, its regular foot and cyclist passengers will be able to cross the stretch of water by launch. However, motorists will face a serious 11-mile detour by way of Newport.

The ferry originally cost £3.2 million to construct. Repairs are the fastest option available, as a replacement vessel was calculated by the council to take six years.

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