Council spends over £10k on latest Floating Bridge upgrade

The council has spent £11,497 on the latest round of upgrades to the Floating Bridge service.

The bridge was out of service on Tuesday (September 4) for a few hours during the evening while efforts were made to “reduce noise and vibration issues”.

Composite mesh matting, costing the council £3391, was fixed to the Cowes concrete slipway in the first stage of the works.

The installation of a “shoe” follows next week, costing £8104 – the council are paying for both installments, supplied by two different companies.

Composite mesh matting now lines the Cowes’ slipway – by J.Sheath

Both the matting and the shoe – a device covering the end of the ramp to provide a flat landing point with the Cowes slipway – aim to reduce noise and vibration levels.

Isle of Wight Council leader Councillor Dave Stewart, said the works are part of a pledge to improve the service in all areas.

“We remain determined to make the necessary improvements to the Floating Bridge and these latest projects demonstrate our ongoing commitment,” said Cllr Stewart.

“We recognise its importance to the communities of Cowes and East Cowes and this work is the next stage of our plan.”

Further key works to help remedy noise and vibration issues with Cowes’ Floating Bridge are to be carried out this month, say the council.