The floating bridge returned to service at 5am on Monday, having had both prow hinges strengthened.
As a goodwill gesture, IW Council is offering the floating bridge Saver Card at no cost for the duration of the St Mary’s junction improvement works, instead of the usual £2 fee to buy one. The saver cards provide discounted travel on Cowes floating bridge.
Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “Now the floating bridge is back in service, it will provide an easy and valuable option for Cowes and East Cowes commuters, during the St Mary’s roadworks, as well as supporting the economy of those communities. I would also like to thank the staff and engineers who have worked tirelessly to make sure the vessel returned to service ready for Monday.
“I also hope people will take advantage of the free Saver Card offer, as it 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 current timetable can be found at iwfloatingbridge.co.uk/timetable/
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 Rashley’s convenience store, Park Road, Cowes and Halls Convenience store, Ferry Road, East Cowes and must be registered online for the savings to apply.
The vessel has had its prow and hinge mechanism on the Cowes side repaired and the decision was taken to also strengthen the East Cowes side while the floating bridge was out of the water, to minimise the risk of having to take the vessel out of service, should a similar problem arise during the St Mary’s Roundabout roadworks.