Free floating bridge card is ‘a good will gesture’

Saver Cards which provide cheaper travel on the Cowes Floating Bridge will be free until the end of April.

As a good will gesture, the Isle of Wight Council is offering the card at no cost for the next three months, instead of the usual £2 fee to buy one.

Using the floating bridge can also help ease congestion around Newport while the roadworks are in place on Staplers.

Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “The Saver Card is the cheapest and simplest way to use the floating bridge.

“It works in the same way as the Oyster Card in London, with cash credit stored in an online account which deducts money as and when it’s used.

“The floating bridge is a good alternative for journeys in and out of Newport while the water main replacement works are carried out on Staplers.”

The floating bridge now runs in all tides and the current timetable can be found at

Once registered, the Saver Card gives a considerable saving to floating bridge users, in comparison to the casual ‘pay as you go’ rate.

Cards are available from SpyVelo, Medina Road, Cowes, and Halls Convenience Store, Ferry Road, East Cowes.

Cards must be registered online for the savings to apply.