Since its launch in May 2017 the Isle of Wight’s floating bridge has had constant problems and it is often suspended for repairs. It operates crossing the River Medina between East Cowes and Cowes.
The faults have included issues with its ramps, fuel, chains, electrical faults, excessive noise, and hydraulic oil leaks. A hydraulic fault caused the floating bridge to be suspended for three months.
When the ferry is suspended cars face a detour of up to eleven miles via Newport.
Council leader, Dave Stewart has said, “the whole question of its design, build and performance is currently the subject of legal action through mediation. While the council has submitted a substantial claim, it is not appropriate for cabinet members to discuss this matter further, pending the outcomes of those actions.”