AFTER months out of action, the Cowes to East Cowes floating bridge is coming back.

The beleaguered chain ferry has been off since maintenance work uncovered problems in July.

A statement issued today said: "The Isle of Wight Council can confirm the floating bridge will return to service early next week following repairs to its hydraulic systems.

"Staff are due to undertake essential safety training on Monday, October 19, with the vessel entering service at 5am on Tuesday."