Disruption to chain ferry

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, December 13, 2012


HIGH spring tides, heavy rain and strong winds are expected to cause disruption to the Cowes chain ferry over the next three days according to the Isle of Wight Council.

Crossings could be suspended around the times of high tide, if water levels become high enough to stop the ferry operating, a spokesman warned.

It would also not be possible to operate a passenger only launch as the pontoons usually used for the service would be underwater.

The council said it would keep the service running for as long as possible, but could not guarantee the service would not be suspended.

People may need to make alternative arrangements for getting between Cowes and East Cowes around the times of the high tides, the council advised.

High tides in Cowes are as follows: Friday, 00.24 and 11.49; Saturday 01.16 and 12.36 and Sunday 01.58 and 13.30.


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by Mike Crowe

13th December 2012, at 17:33:02

Can I make it plain that a "Council Employee" is not out of the same stable as a "Council Councillor". Please don't knock those who go into County Hall each morning, hoping to do their best, only to be told that the goal posts were moved at last night's meeting of County Councillors, who will be out after a couple of years, but the poor Isle of Wight Council EMPLOYEES have to carry one.

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by Mike Crowe

13th December 2012, at 17:28:26

Stephen, an Isle of Wight County Councillor is not a Civil Servant. He/she is someone, your neighbour for example who YOU have chosen to represent you and YOUR interests at County Hall. Hadn't you noticed?

Sorry what did you say? "Where do the YOU and YOUR come in"?

Must dash there is a flight of pigs going over and I want to grab my camera

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by Stephen Elliott

13th December 2012, at 17:15:32

No that's to efficient, how else are the civil servants going to be paid if they can have endless meetings and trying out all the other ideas before they hit the magic solution

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by Mike Crowe

13th December 2012, at 14:44:25

............... so what we do NOW, is plan to dam the River Medina so that we have a constant route across the river and in that dam we build in a facility to harness the power of the tide. Ships? A large lock which again has generators to that as the water is coming in and out, they are producing electricity and a swing bridge.

Effective, none of these stupid ugly windmills, income from shipping passing through the local, tidal effect still felt up to Newport.

By the way, the tides will still be there in a couple of hundred of years.

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