It is a right mess.
Cowes Crossing Chaos Continues
The ill-behaved £40+million new chain ferry that plies the River Medina between west and East Cowes continues to be very ill-behaved. It returned to service after a through investigation by the maritime authorities. Hooray!
It got stuck.
The problem is this. The deign is shot to pieces such that cars leaving the ramps smash their lower parts on the concrete ramp which, of course, has been rebuilt to be right for the new vessel.
So, to protect the cars, the ferry has to haul itself as far up the ramp as it can. Now, if it loads more cars than were unloaded, it becomes heavier and sinks lower in the water. If, at the same time, the tide is going out ...
Well you can work it out! The current rumour is that extra metal folding plate things are to be fitted to the ramp, offering a less destructive exit for the motors.
But here is a treat from Thursday evening.
1926 departure from West Cowes, packed with TWO cars.
1928 Arrival at East Cowes.
1933 on the way back to West Cowes ...
Empty? No way! Packed (at 1935) to the gunwales with ...
Demolition Definitely Deferred
Long-term readers will remember that Exeter's bus station should, by now, have been closed and bus stops distributed in nearby streets. Here is a local press note from January 2017.
Exeter bus and coach station, off Paris Street, is closing soon ahead of its demolition.
The aging site, opened in 1964, shuts on Sunday, March 26 to make way for St Sidwell's Point leisure centre, a new bus station and an extension of Princesshay.
fbb was there on Thursday last and all was operating normally. The excellent enquiry office whose staff were, it was announced, being made redundant ...
But not yet?