Cash is not welcome on board the the Cowes-East Cowes Floating Bridge and from today (Monday), contactless handsets have been introduced.

They can also be used to top up Saver Cards. 

Onshore, the ticket machines continue to accept cash alongside contactless bank cards. Tickets can also be bought online, or charged to your phone bill.  

Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, Ian Ward, said: “We know people want the option to use contactless payment on the Cowes Floating Bridge, and I’m very pleased we can now do that.  

“Contactless payment will help everyone by making it faster and easier to pay, saving time for passengers and staff alike.  

“Use of the floating bridge is gradually increasing as lockdown eases, and I hope this new facility will help travellers, and our staff, feel safe and secure in the current crisis.”

The measures were first suggested in March, at around the time of the coronavirus lockdown.

Read more: New measures for Floating Bridge due to coronavirus — no cash payments