Island Line Trains

Island Line Trains are the Isle of Wight’s only commercial rail provider.

The service runs from Ryde Pier head in the north of the Island, to Shanklin towards the south.

It’s a vital lifeline, providing a swift connection to means to exit to the Mainland, via the FastCat or Hover.

MP calls for Government investment commitment for Island Line

Islandline at Ryde

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, has asked the Transport Secretary to provide reassurance the Government remains committed to supporting long-overdue improvements on Island Line.

Friday, 14th September, 2018 2:54pm

By The Office of Bob Seely

Isle of Wight MP declared ‘an excellent champion’ for Island Line by Minister

bob seely standing portrait

The MP says we need a much better gateway onto the Isle of Wight and also need a feasibility study to look at extending the route.

Thursday, 24th May, 2018 7:18pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 8 readers' comments

Island Line Trains will see new timetable say South Western Railway

Island line train

As well as revised timetables, we can look forward to replacement trains (not new, but newer) and the introduction of onboard wifi, charging ports, and more.

Friday, 4th May, 2018 1:55pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 12 readers' comments

Performance of new South Western Railway franchise to be reviewed

bob seely westminster debate

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has ordered the investigation following concerns about South Western Railway’s capability since taking over and also that of Network Rail, says MP.

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018 1:31pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 27 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP appeals for feasibility cash to extend Island Line

bob seely in pareliament on hs2

Bob Seely MP asks for an assurance that, as £52 billion has been spent on HS2, he will not be told there isn't any money to fund a feasibility study to extend Island Line trains to Newport and Ventnor.

Wednesday, 31st January, 2018 2:52pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight railways feature in Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journey’s

michael portillo with steam railway

Michael Portillo visits the Isle of Wight and travels on Island Line trains as well as the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, before heading to Osborne House. Tune in on Thursday.

Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018 10:36am

By Sally Perry

SWR willing to add earlier first train and change Island Line timetable

no smoking on shanklin train

South Western Railway have shown a willingness to change the Island Line timetable so that cross-Solent services can do the same to meet the new proposed mainland train times.

Friday, 15th December, 2017 4:49pm

By Chris Quirk with one comment

This Thursday: Get involved in directing the future of Isle of Wight transport

island line train

Anyone with an interest in the future of Island Line trains is invited to this public meeting being held on Thursday (14th from 7pm) at Shanklin Theatre. Your view matters and could help inform the consultation response.

Monday, 11th December, 2017 1:25pm

By Feature Writer

All welcome to public meeting on the future of Isle of Wight railways

Shanklin Theatre

Next week's public meeting about the future of Island Line railway will hear about South Western Railway’s proposals, future plans for the IW Steam Railway and how inter-connectivity between the two lines and links with cross-Solent travel can be improved.

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 3:30pm

By David Pugh with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP’s call for feasibility studies funding to reopen former train lines

Model of Ventnor station at Ventnor Heritage Centre

The Isle of Wight MP asked whether they'd be money available for feasibility studies to assess the costs and benefits of opening up former Isle of Wight branch lines closed in the 1960s.

Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 5:09pm

By Sally Perry with 21 readers' comments

Letter: MP questioned over ‘condemnation’ of rail strike

island line trains at shanklin people getting on

A regular commuter on Island Line trains has shared an open letter to Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, asking him to clarify a number of points following his recent condemnation of strike action.

Monday, 20th November, 2017 8:14pm

By Donna Drozd with 5 readers' comments

Fire on Island Line train

island line train

Island Line trains are suspended this evening after a fire broke out on the 19.10 from Ryde. Staff have been praised for how they handled the incident.

Tuesday, 14th November, 2017 8:07pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments