Consultation on floating bridge agreed

By Richard Wright

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Consultation on floating bridge agreed

The Isle of Wight Council is to consult on foot passenger charges for the floating bridge. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

PLANS to consult on floating bridge charges were agreed by Isle of Wight Council executive members last night (Monday).

A pressure group, led by Isle of Wight Cllrs Julia Baker-Smith and Luisa Hillard, along with East Cowes Town councillor Morris Barton, has been formed however to oppose charging passengers.

At last night’s meeting Cllr Baker-Smith queried the cost of collecting foot passenger tolls, the cost of consultation and predicted that if a 50p each way fare was introduced people would vote with their feet, take less journeys and dramatically reduce the projected £400,000 a year income.

Deputy leader Cllr Steve Stubbings said it was part of the Independent council’s commitment to consult on all significant issues.

The consultation is expected to be held at the end of the year.

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, July 11.



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by Ann McSweeney

12th July 2014, at 07:55:13

I often use the service and do not understand why it's under debate, cars need more staff to see them on and of safely so this charge is fair, but how much would it coast in time and money to have extra staff taking money from foot passengers, I for one would not always have the correct amount in my purse so I would need to be given change. Maybe a small charge could be introduced for push bikes as they are often lent up against seats stopping people from sitting down or getting past. I enjoy my trips on the floating bridge as a pass anger or on foot the staff are always helpful and polite and run a good service just the way it is

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by john hanson

11th July 2014, at 16:52:19

i expect they will try an impose 2 charges one for low tide and one for high tide where it has to travel further

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by Richard Broadhead

10th July 2014, at 19:46:43

For interest Mike your 1d linked to inflation is now 10p so l reckon 20p would be reasonable.

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by John Stone

10th July 2014, at 07:41:11

During AAM Cowes Week (2 to 9 August 2014), from 6pm until 11pm the service is for foot passengers only on Firework Night (Friday 8 August).

How long will it take to collect those fares???????????????? :-)

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by Mike Crowe

9th July 2014, at 07:56:42

42 years is nothing spt, 62 years ago when I first used the floating bridge as a 1st year apprentice, it was 1d foot passenger and 9d for a weekly ticket. (Had this conversation before:-)

and I will be on the floating bridge today for the first time since ...... I can't remember ....... 30 years??????

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by steve paul taylor

9th July 2014, at 07:06:51

OMG that's 42 years :/

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by Steve Smith

9th July 2014, at 07:01:08

so in the last 22 years the cost has only risen by 95p (76%) so not much then!

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by Mike Crowe

8th July 2014, at 22:22:59

From their FAQ

Car, van, tractor, motorcycle and sidecar, caravan, trailer (additional) £2.20
Book of 20 vouchers for the above £39.60

Lorry £7.50
Book of 20 vouchers for the above £136.80

Motorcycle £1.30
Book of 20 vouchers for the above £23.50

Large vans, minibuses and pick-ups £3
Book of 20 vouchers for the above £54

Extra late night ferry £38

Foot passengers - free

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by john hanson

8th July 2014, at 21:21:59

2 Pounds its a lot more than that

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by steve paul taylor

8th July 2014, at 20:43:35

In 1972 the cost of taking a car on the floating bridge was put up from 75p to £1.25 this was to cover the cost of abolishing the foot passenger fare. It is now £2 to cross on the bridge , its seems the council want it both ways now !!! greedy

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