WORK to fix problems with the Cowes Floating Bridge are almost complete, but the service will remain unavailable for longer than expected.

The Isle of Wight Council have today announced that work to resolve the Hydraulic Problems with the Cowes Floating Bridge are "nearing completion".

They added that they are "sorry for the inconvenience caused" by the continued delay in return to service.

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The bridge was due back in service this week, but the Council today announced that it would not be back to full service until the start of half term, October 17.

The Council explained that 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.

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In a statement, a Council spokesperson said: “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 and apologise for the continued delays and ongoing disruption to the service."

The council will continue to provide the launch service for foot passengers will continue to operate from 5am - 11pm (6.30am-11pm Sundays) until the vessel returns to full service.