THE Isle of Wight Council has this evening provided an update on the status of the Cowes Floating Bridge, with the service set to remain unavailable for longer than earlier anticipated.
The statement said: “We can continue to press our contractors to do all they can to get the vessel back in the water as quickly as possible while making sure the chances of these faults reoccurring are reduced to the absolute minimum.
“The hydraulic rams have been removed, stripped down, inspected and have been rebuilt; the hydraulic system has been flushed and repairs to the hydraulic pumps and motors are nearing completion.
“However, the extent of work required to one of the motors has caused some further unexpected delay.
“Subject to this progressing to plan, the floating bridge should now return to the water in the week commencing October 9.
“Following water based testing we now expect a return to full service in time for the start of half term October 17.
A council spokesperson added: “We share the frustrations of the local community about the issues with the vessel and ability to provide a reliable service across the River Medina.
“We apologise for the continued delays and ongoing disruption to the service.”
The council will continue to provide the launch service for foot passengers — in operation from 5am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 630am to 11pm on Sundays — until the vessel returns to full service.