From Wednesday 25 March at 0500 the floating bridge will limit passengers and vehicle journeys to blue-light services and essential workers only.

This is to ensure that staff and passengers are able to maintain social distancing, whilst keeping this vital transport link available for those who need it.

Foot passenger capacity will be reduced. This means that the lower passenger accommodation will be limited to six people, and the upper deck limited to twelve people.
Car lanes might be used for foot passengers if necessary, which will mean more can be carried.

To make sure that everybody is following this new limitation, staff may ask passengers or drivers about their journey.

The definition of ‘essential workers’ will be the same as used by the government for schools, and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision


The Cowes Floating Bridge carries vehicles, bikes and foot passengers between Cowes & East Cowes 7 days a week, all year round.

The short crossing across the river Medina only takes a few minutes.
Monday to Saturday: 0500 to 0030
Sundays: 0630 to 0030


The service is operated by the Isle of Wight Council and saves a 11 mile round trip by road.

LIVE STATUS

From Wednesday 25th March at 0500, the Floating Bridge will limit passengers and vehicle journeys to blue-light services and essential workers only. This is to ensure that staff and passengers are able to maintain social distancing, whilst keeping this vital transport link available for those who network. Please observe the government's Stay At Home, Save Lives message.

MARCH STATISTICS

Foot Passengers: 20,597
Cars Carried: 15,031
Hours Operated: 590
% of schedule: 98.8%

FEBRUARY STATISTICS

Foot Passengers: 28,772
Cars Carried: 18,348
Hours Operated: 554
% of schedule: 99.1%

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