Whilst progress continues at pace there have been a few technical and design challenges to overcome and the vessel will now be completed by mid-February 2017. It will then be towed from Pembroke Dock to the Isle of Wight; this is estimated to take 6 days but will of course be subject to the prevailing weather conditions.
Works to resurface the slipways at Cowes and East Cowes and improve pedestrian access will commence early in 2017; this will take between 8 and 10 weeks and will necessitate the existing bridge being taken out of service and effectively decommissioned. Whilst these works are taking place a replacement launch service will be provided for foot passengers.
When the new bridge comes into service vehicle drivers will be able to purchase and use a Saver Card to pay for their journey; as part of extending the existing Saver card scheme the option to top up your card by Direct Debit will be introduced to make managing your account even easier. At this point the bridge will effectively become ‘cashless’ with all payments either being made at the land based ticket machines or by using a Saver Card.