Keep Island Line in Franchise

KILF is a cross-party collective who were formed when concerns were raised about the future of the Isle of Wight’s train line, Island Line.

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

Have your say on future of Island Line: South Western Railway Consultation

island line tilt shift

South Western Railway have now launched their consultation on the Island Line service. A public meeting will be held on 14th December to discuss a community response by campaign group, KILF.

Monday, 13th November, 2017 5:32pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Commuters concerned over proposed Portsmouth to London timetable changes

portsmouth harbour train station

Isle of Wight commuters who catch the first catamaran over to the mainland to take the train to London each day say proposed timetable changes by South Western Railway mean they would be late for work.

Tuesday, 17th October, 2017 9:19pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Island Line handed over to South Western Railway at 2am: New Logo too

New Island Line logo

It's official. Island Line has now been taken over by a new company. Free WiFi at Island Line stations are among the promised improvements. There's a new logo too.

Sunday, 20th August, 2017 12:49pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

TITF report: ‘Ensure Island Line remains part of franchised National Rail Network’

train at ryde station

Today's transport report has delivered a list of recommendations for Island Line including ensuring Island Line remains part of the franchised National Rail Network. Here's the detail and the reaction.

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 11:55am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

KILF asked IWC candidates for assurance to keep Island Line in Franchise: Their responses

Islandline trains

The resident group KILF believes it's vital for Island Line's survival that this Isle of Wight train line must stay within the South Western Rail Franchise. Here are the results they've shared with OnTheWight of responses they got when asking for assurances from each of the local election candidates on the route.

Monday, 24th April, 2017 11:13am

By David Pugh with 27 readers' comments

Island Line: Campaign group gives cautious welcome to franchise news

direction of travel

KILF say that although Island Line is in the next franchise, its long-term future is still far from certain. They're looking forward to hearing First MTR's “exciting package of proposals".

Monday, 27th March, 2017 4:18pm

By David Pugh with 8 readers' comments

Island Line: Franchise decision delayed

Island line carriage

Those expecting to hear who's been awarded the South Western rail franchise - which includes Island Line - will have to wait an extra couple of months, after decision and implementation is delayed.

Thursday, 5th January, 2017 5:26pm

By Sally Perry with 19 readers' comments

Island Line Trains: Major victory for campaigners

victory hand on bow

After a year-long battle to protect the future of Island Line trains, a threat of judicial review against the Department for Transport has lead to a major victory for train campaigners. OnTheWight has the detail.

Friday, 12th August, 2016 6:56am

By Chris Quirk with 13 readers' comments

Island Line campaigners threaten DfT with judicial review

taking notes

Two Island Line users have submitted a 'Letter before Claim' to the Department for Transport and questions whether the DfT proposals for Island Line could amount to the thin edge of the wedge.

Tuesday, 2nd August, 2016 9:23am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments