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Post 1

h2g2 Guide Editors

In honour of Floating Bridge No. 6 grounding again today, I have subbed the Entry. The new version is A87951496 - please subscribe!

I enjoyed reading this again, and just had three questions.

How much was the Floating Bridge originally predicted to cost in comparison with the tunnel and bridge - was that about £3.5 million?

"A spokesperson declares that Brexit will be fixed before the Floating Bridge" - A spokesperson for whom?

Is the name of it Floating Bridge No. 6 or Floating Bridge 6?

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Post 2

Bluebottle

Thanks for subbing this. smiley - ok

In comparison with the tunnel or bridge, a budget of £3.5 million was agreed. The bridge itself didn't end up costing more to build than was expected, it just hasn't worked as expected since.

I believe it was the East Cowes Councillor who said that Brexit will be fixed before the floating bridge.

Officially the full name is 'Floating Bridge No. 6' but this is usually shortened and used interchangeably with 'Floating Bridge 6', 'the floating bridge' etc. If you want to change all the names to include 'No.' that makes sense.

Could you add:

11 October 2019 – Floating Bridge run aground due to 'high winds' in the early afternoon but was back in service by mid evening.

And also add a little to the end of sentence:

'Since then the ferry operated for 89.5% of schedule in September 2018, 79.4% in October 2018 and 88.0% in July 2019.'

To include:
'A new low occurred in September 2019 when it only met 33.25% of its scheduled service.'

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Post 3

h2g2 Guide Editors

Thanks - I made tweaks smiley - ok

Thanks for providing the text about the latest grounding smiley - ok

That is shocking that September 2019 service percentage was so low... It really is a metaphorical shipwreck...

Have you got a picture in mind for this?


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Post 4

Bluebottle

I sent a photo in to the smiley - artists, just waiting to see if it gets approved.

And in other news this week, the car ferry service to East Cowes has been cut by a third because the ferry's smiley - offtopic fell off… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-50005595

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Post 5

h2g2 Guide Editors

Excellent - the photo has been applied smiley - ok

The smiley - offtopic being lost is smiley - facepalmsmiley - laugh

One more question, about the odd definition of 'twice': when there are no vehicles aboard, the passenger capacity of 6 is the same as the passenger capacity of 5?!

Apart from that it is ready for you to check through and let me know if there are any other changes you would like smiley - ok


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Post 6

Bluebottle

Yes, according to the official documentation, the passenger (pedestrian only, no cars) carrying capacity of both Floating Bridge No 5 and Floating Bridge No 6 is 400 people:
http://www.iow.gov.uk/azservices/documents/1335-Floating-Bridge-Frequently-Asked-Questions22062017.pdf
http://www.iow.gov.uk/azservices/documents/1335-1335-Floating-Bridge-Technical-Spec-redacted.pdf

As far as I am aware neither has ever been called on to carry 400 passengers and no cars across the Medina so it is more a theoretical limit.

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Post 7

h2g2 Guide Editors

Thank you smiley - ok I added a mention of that - see what you think now.


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Post 8

Bluebottle

I've had a read through and had a couple of thoughts, but other than these tweaks it is ready to go:

Could we add 'it has broken down and run aground on numerous occasions, broken World Health…' to:

but it has broken down on numerous occasions, broken World Health Organisation and Maritime and Coastguard Agency regulations, collided with numerous yachts, broken car bumpers and exhausts, been blamed for the collapse of local businesses and so can certainly be classed as a metaphorical shipwreck.

And could 'as well as Thames Clipper ships in London' be tweaked to 'as well as Thames Clipper ships for London' as they weren't built in London.

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Post 9

h2g2 Guide Editors

smiley - ok


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Post 10

Bluebottle

Is it too late for some tweaks?

Can we add:
23 October 2019 – A Freedom of Information request reveals that the 'new, more efficient Floating Bridge' has, between May 2017 and September 2019, resulted in costs of £149,115.33 for hiring MV Seaclear as pushboat barge to assist during crossings against the tide, plus £181,189 to hire passenger launch when the bridge is out of action as well as £110,760 on chain depth surveys.

And also somewhere towards the end:

Unlike the previous floating bridge which made a steady annual profit, the 'new, more efficient' floating bridge has cost the Isle of Wight Council money each year it has been in service, diverting money away from other vital services.

Year2015/162016/172017/182018/19
Income£709,148£730,505£419,888£738,514
Costs£588,696£766,893£967,879£1,039,807
Profit/Loss£120,452 Profit£36,388 Loss£547,991 Loss£301,293 Loss


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Post 11

Bluebottle

Nothing new to report today, though – just the East Cowes Councillor demanding the resignation of the head of the Isle of Wight Council over the Floating Bridge.
http://onthewight.com/call-for-cllr-wards-resignation-over-floating-bridge-fiasco/?mc_cid=ebfaa03831&mc_eid=afb425025b

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Post 12

h2g2 Guide Editors

Not too late to add more smiley - ok

Need to check the numbers, though - Replacement Launch Costs (2017-2018) were £439,281, but Replacement Launch Costs (2017-2019) were £181,189? Is the latter actually the cost for September 2018 - September 2019?

Has the data on vehicle numbers for 2018/19 been released yet?


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Post 13

Bluebottle

Ah yes, that was the figures from October 2018-September 2019, so can you change the 'May 2017' to 'October 2018'.

The most recent vehicle figures haven't been released yet, though last year's vehicle figures were released on 7th November 2018, so we might have that information soon.

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Post 14

h2g2 Guide Editors

Aha - done smiley - ok

I looked at the November 2018 report, and see it was very ambitious, assuming that the operation of No. 6 had stabilised in 2018 - the low of 33% in September 2019 will have messed up the business plan nicely! smiley - whistle The vehicle figures will be informative in November as well..


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Post 15

h2g2 Guide Editors

Congratulations! Your Entry is now in the Edited Guide smiley - magic

We Tweeted it today and have been mentioned in despatches by IoW Daily News smiley - biggrin

The Entry has also been posted on Facebook smiley - ok

Keep up the good work!


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Congratulations! Your Entry is on the Front Page today smiley - magic


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