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Cowes Chain Ferry

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Cowes Chain Ferry
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Cowes Floating Bridge and the Medina - Geograph - 1708855.jpg
Looking up river at the chain ferry.
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From:  Cowes
To:  East Cowes
Distance:  0.2 km (0.1 miles)
Location
Cowes/East Cowes, Isle of Wight
County
Hampshire
Highway Authority
Isle of Wight
Opening Date
1975
Toll
£1.80 (cars)
On road(s)
A3020 • A3021
Cowes Chain Ferry - Geograph - 650273.jpg

The Cowes Chain Ferry is chain ferry / floating bridge that crosses the Medina between (West) Cowes and East Cowes. Given the shipping traffic, and the proximity of development on either side, a permanent crossing would be practically impossible to build. The bridge operates about 18 hours a day and continuously crosses back and forth, with a journey time of 2 or 3 minutes (depending on the tide). As the next crossing down is at Newport, the ferry is rather popular, saving a long detour, particularly since most ferries only dock at the smaller East Cowes (only a foot / cycle catamaran service docks at Cowes proper).

Ferries

Name IMO Operator Dates Notes
Floating Bridge No. 6 Isle of Wight Council 2017-date
Floating Bridge No. 5 Isle of Wight Council ?-2017




Cowes Chain Ferry
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Cowes Chain Ferry - Geograph - 172122.jpgChain bridge arriving at East Cowes - Geograph - 1011231.jpgCowes Chain Ferry - Geograph - 650273.jpgCowes Floating Bridge and the Medina - Geograph - 1708855.jpgChain Ferry at eastern end of Medina Road, Cowes - Geograph - 855262.jpg
Isle of Wight
RoadsA3020 • A3021 • A3022 • A3023 • A3054 • A3055 • B3320 • B3321 • B3322 • B3323 • B3324 • B3325 • B3326 • B3327 • B3328 • B3329 • B3330 • B3331 • B3332 • B3336 • B3340 • B3341 • B3395 • B3399 • B3401 • NCN22 • NCN23 • NCN231 • NCN235
CrossingsSolent Ferries: Lymington - Yarmouth ferry • Southampton - East Cowes ferry • Portsmouth - Fishbourne ferry
Other Crossings: Cowes Chain Ferry • Wooton Bridge • Yar Bridge (Brading) • Yar Bridge (Yarmouth)
DestinationsCowes • Freshwater • Newport • Ryde • Sandown
Other2007 Isle of Wight Awayday • Isle of Wight Council • Picture Gallery
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