Replacement of chain ferry to be delayed

By Emily Pearce

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Replacement of chain ferry to be delayed

The Cowes floating bridge.

THE Cowes floating bridge will not be replaced for another two years.

The Isle of Wight Council had previously set aside £3 million in the 2012/13 capital budget to replace the ageing vessel, but has now deferred the project until the 2015/16 financial year.

Council leader Cllr David Pugh said the vessel would last until then and the authority would not spend money unnecessarily.



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by Mike Crowe

21st January 2013, at 18:15:14

George ....

Traffic // Justification // Cost

End of dream

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by George Hollett

21st January 2013, at 17:35:05

There are tunnels under The Thames & there is even a tunnel under The Channel. However, it would appear to be mission impossible to build a tunnel 170yds under the Medina!

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by Mike Crowe

21st January 2013, at 12:07:48

Steve reference the two bridges, think ......... "TRAFFIC" .... :-)

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by T Rollingsworth

21st January 2013, at 11:09:48

Why buy a new one when you could just paint over the rust - again.

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by Steve Smith

21st January 2013, at 10:46:59

The maritime certificate is about to expire on this ferry and it will not pass the test in future. Therefore a replacement must be found and soon! And as for Mike saying a bridge will never be built!!!! It appears he has a different story for a mega- mainland bridge, last week we didn't have long to wait!

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by Mike Crowe

20th January 2013, at 19:54:49

Richard, how about leaving it where it is? It can either help to reduce any borrowing, or, acrue interest, (not that that will be a lot).

Does it have to 'go' anywhere? If you have put aside £XXXX for a holiday but decide to put that holiday off until next year, will you spend that money on a new car this year?

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by Richard Taylor

20th January 2013, at 17:42:35

So where's the £3 million going?

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by david lavis

20th January 2013, at 11:56:10

I have riidden on the ferry recently, and think that the council have got it right in these times of austerity. Vessel appears to be ok to my eyes ,, but I am no expert on these matters.

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by Mike Crowe

19th January 2013, at 16:57:34

the = there ........... sorry

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by Mike Crowe

19th January 2013, at 16:56:32

Robert the will never be a bridge between Cowes and East Cowes.

The Isle of Wight Council will not need to put any money for the bridge to the mainland.

Anybody putting any money into Wightlink has too much money so they deserve to loose it.

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