Construction of the replacement bridge (number 6) is now in its final stages; as Mainstay Marine enter the final few weeks work on the structure is complete and their attention has turned to completing the fitting out the engine room, passenger accommodation and pilot house. It is now evident that the naval architects – Burness Corlett Three Quays and Mainstay Marine Solutions – have designed a truly stunning and iconic vessel which will provide both the local community and visitors with a safe efficient crossing for at least the next 25 years.
Works to reconstruct the slipways at Cowes and East Cowes and improve pedestrian access commenced at the start of January and are scheduled to run until mid/late March 2017; whilst the duration may seem overly long the contractor – Geomarine – has to plan their works around the tides which restrict their hours of operation.
Whilst the bridge is out of service a replacement foot passenger launch will be in operation as normal; however, the hours of operation vary from those operated by the bridge so all foot passengers are advised to check the times before planning any journeys. Details of the times can be found here https://www.iwfloatingbridge.co.uk/floating-bridge-closed-maintinace/