Funding bid for new floating bridge

By Martin Neville

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Funding bid for new floating bridge

Solent LEP has submitted a bid for funding for a new Cowes chain ferry. Picture by Peter Boam.

A NEW floating bridge could be funded through the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), as part of ambitious plans to be discussed next week.

The LEP has submitted its Solent Strategic Economic Plan to government in the hope of attracting new investment through the Local Growth Deal for a range of schemes, including key projects on the Isle of Wight.

Among them is the creation of a new Isle of Wight Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine Technology, led by GKN.

The centre would be based at the Island Technology Park, Whippingham, next to GKN’s research and development facility, and accommodate around 600 learners.

The plan also proposes local Enterprise Zones within Cowes and East Cowes and an Isle of Wight Infrastructure expansion fund to assist companies create badly needed Island jobs.

Support is also being sought for Red Funnel’s terminal project at East Cowes and Southampton, including funding for a new floating bridge, and a £2.9m estate renewal and refurbishment programme at the Isle of Wight College.

The details have been revealed in a report due to go before the Isle of Wight Council’s Economy and Tourism Executive Advisory Committee next Thursday.

Welcoming the plan, Steve Butler, of the Isle of Wight Trades Union Congress (TUC), said: "We should be getting more money from the Solent LEP and government."

View the reports below:

Isle of Wight Council Economy and Tourism Executive Advisory Committee

Solent Strategic Economic Plan



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by Mike Crowe

12th April 2014, at 12:47:35

Good idea Graham and might work now, but turn the clock back a century and there was too much traffic, the bridge would be more up than down. The floating bridge 'at that time' was a far better proposition. Even back in the 1950's there was a lot of traffic. Mews cargo boats and British Road service boats up to Newport. The Pilot Boat was pretty big and the Destroyers Whites were building meant that any lifting bridge had to span some width.

Could work now with the smaller traffic volume ;-)

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by Graham John Vine

12th April 2014, at 11:57:18

A fixed bridge won't work here, RS. What you want is a lifting bridge instead of the floating bridge, surely? Then we get down to the nitty-gritty: which is the cheaper to build and keep running? That's the one to go for. Makes you wonder why they didn't do that in the first place, doesn't it? Perhaps the floating bridge proved to be the better value for money back in those days long ago. So which of you lot of moaners can prove they got it wrong ? Some genuine expert comment would be a nice change, wouldn't it ?

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by Mike Crowe

11th April 2014, at 17:14:27

TR. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but it doesn't help us now :-(

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by T Rollingsworth

11th April 2014, at 16:18:54

Maybe if IWC didn't spend all the money that was reserved for the floating bridge a few years back......

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11th April 2014, at 14:03:55

Steve / Mike 2 or 22, forget a floating bridge we need a fixed link in other words a BRIDGE. Than we can get both sides 24 / 7 with very little disruption. And I know boats have to go up the medina, but how often does it happened. I know COWES WEEK, but that happens 1 week in 52. If the bridge had to be raised for 10 min's a hour its probably the same time you might wait to cross anyway and think no boats it wouldn't be raised so you would get over faster. NOW we get to the big issue cost I would millions, but in the long run cheaper. We could keep it as a fare paying toll, so it would pay for itself over time.
And it wouldn't be out of commission for weeks each year like the floating bridge is.
THINK about it, YOU know it makes sense, but don't wait to long or they will have brought a new floater and then where will we be.
YES waiting on a cold winters night to cross the medina on a motor lurch.

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by Steve Smith

11th April 2014, at 12:27:20

The question was Why did you need to know how many people?

by not answering you are not following the house rules
i.e House Rules number 3
3. We encourage the use of comments for full and fair debate of issues raised in stories

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by Mike Crowe

11th April 2014, at 12:03:34

""Can you run the service better?""

As I know nothing as to how the service runs now, I am in no position to answer that question.

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by Steve Smith

11th April 2014, at 11:55:33

by Steve Smith

10th April 2014, at 18:57:06
normally, 1 driver & 1 conductor. Why? Can you run the service better?

I answered your question, why do you not have the courtesy to answer mine?

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by Mike Crowe

11th April 2014, at 11:17:47

I am terribly sorry Steve Smith, I missed the posting or instuction saying that all questions must have a reason and this reason must be forwarded to Steve Smith. Please be good enough to point me to said posting or notice.

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by Steve Smith

11th April 2014, at 09:43:44

Well you do always say read what I wrote, not what you think I wrote.

You haven't explained why you need the info, can you run a better service, do you think you could run it with fewer than 2 peopleper crossing?

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