'Jury still out' on floating bridge charges

By David Newble

Friday, February 14, 2014

 

'Jury still out' on floating bridge charges

The Isle of Wight Council is considering charges for foot passengers on the floating bridge.Picture by Laura Holme.

PLANS to charge floating bridge foot passengers, put forward by the Isle of Wight Council as part of next year’s budget, could still be scrapped.

At a packed meeting at East Cowes Town Hall last night (Thursday), the Isle of Wight Council’s deputy leader Cllr Steve Stubbings said the 'jury was still out’ on whether plans to charge 50p per crossing for foot passengers would be introduced.

He invited East Cowes Town Councillors to an urgent meeting at County Hall so they could discuss the plans with Isle of Wight Council officers.

During a presentation on behalf of East Cowes Town Council last night, fears were raised that charges would raise insufficient income to replace the bridge, local businesses would suffer and Newport would face increased traffic congestion.

Pensioners would also be deterred from using the bridge, instead taking free buses to travel between the two towns through Newport.

Cllr Stubbings said: "The jury is still out on this budget. If we find something has gone wrong and the figures officers have provided were not substantial enough to stand up to scrutiny, then we will change it."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by john hanson

15th February 2014, at 19:48:41

no peaple will just walk on as befor the staff are not paid enough to enforce it , or people will just print their own as the used to with the car books you used to buy in shops easily done

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by john hanson

15th February 2014, at 19:17:29

ive my own truck thanks neil but any donation most wecome but back to the chain ferry like some one has said to employ staff ifor the ticket offices would wipe out any revenue from imposing a fare better to get rid of all the managers in the council doing absolutly nothing

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by john hanson

15th February 2014, at 19:05:32

well give it to the council so the dont charge on the bridge idiot

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by john hanson

15th February 2014, at 18:21:07

theres nothing wrong with the chain ferry why do we need a new one may look a bit taty but who cares it does the job

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by Dan Brinton

15th February 2014, at 18:03:06

Stop putting small businesses at risk and stop paying council leaders ridiculous amounts of money for doing nothing!

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by Nigel Apsley

15th February 2014, at 13:27:43

Charges on the Floating Bridge have bugged me for some time, I run a van so pay £2.70, however , pop round corner and get on Red Funnel and its in the same class as a car as its under length and height. If working in East Cowes I pay just to get to the job sooner as going round is a nightmare first thing in morning, but to be honest its almost cheaper to drive round _ certainly will be at £6 return !! _ Crucify the small business man

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by Martin Miller

15th February 2014, at 11:15:53

When I worked at BHC back in the late 70's early 80's there was a weekly ticket that could be purchased for foot passengers. Maybe some charge would be more acceptable if the un co-operative staff on the ferry had a more regular timetable. For car drivers, sometimes it is a lot quicker to go around Newport. The service has been run to a poor schedule, and this is not in peak seasons either. I dread it when I get to the ferry, and the ramp is up. I can expect a wait of between 15 to 20 minutes. There was a time when it was a reliable service, so what happened to that? There has been some problems with wages in the past, but I feel sure support for the staff, would be more readily available if they appeared more enthusiastic about customer service.

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by matthew eldridge

15th February 2014, at 10:46:31

i dont think a small charge is unfair considering the only other option is a long drive or bus journey or swim 20 or 50p seems more than fair to me

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by matthew eldridge

15th February 2014, at 10:46:27

i dont think a small charge is unfair considering the only other option is a long drive or bus journey or swim 20 or 50p seems more than fair to me

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by Graham John Vine

15th February 2014, at 10:33:40

What you're all forgetting is that when the Floating Bridge began, Cowes was an independent Urban District Council that was able to make up its own mind that a free ferry for the thousands of J S White and Saunders Roe workers who went to and fro twice a day between home and work was a good investment for their town of Cowes, which in those days, was an alliance of West and East. I gather West Cowes considers itself far too posh to use West any more, on top of which the Floating Bridge is pretty useless if you want to get to West Cowes shops as it lands you right outside J S White's former main entrance, not in the High Street. In those days, shoppers needs were served by another ferry which plied between the jetty in East Cowes to the pontoon in West Cowes, which took people on foot and, with prams and bicycles, lifted on and off. As for a bridge to replace the Floating Bridge - forget it ! Nowhere to put it AND keep headroom for Medina traffic.. It's not a cheaper option.

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