Dates announced for Island Line rail work in prep for new trains – Plus photos of new trains

See photos of the trains being refurbished, plus details of when the line will be out of service for the major engineering works

Class 484 at Vivarail

South Western Railway has today announced the dates of the engineering works that will be taking place on Island Line in advance of the introduction of the Class 484 trains in 2021.

From 4th January 2021 until 31 March 2021, no service will run on Island Line whilst work is carried out to deliver the biggest transformation to the line’s infrastructure since the line was electrified in 1967.

Class 484 at Vivarail

This work includes the construction of a new passing loop at Brading allowing for a regular 30-minute service, enhancements to the track to improve the quality of the ride, upgrade to platforms to improve access to the Class 484 trains, and the installation of new ticket vending machines at Shanklin, Sandown and Ryde St John’s Road.

To keep passengers moving, buses will run between Shanklin and Ryde Esplanade, with a minibus operating along Ryde Pier to connect passengers with Wightlink ferries.

Class 484 at Vivarail

Alan Penlington, Customer Experience Director, at South Western Railway said:

“This is a very exciting project for Island Line and will transform travel on the Isle of Wight. Whilst this work will be disruptive, we will keep our customers moving with replacement buses.

“Upon completion of this critical work, we will be introducing the Class 484 trains into service, providing modern spacious interiors, free on-board Wi-Fi, at seat charging points, and dedicated wheelchair spaces.

“The new passing loop at Brading will also allow us to run a service at regular 30-minute intervals, providing better connections to ferries to the mainland.”

News shared by South Western Railway, in their own words. Ed

Thursday, 20th August, 2020 2:52pm



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8 Comments on "Dates announced for Island Line rail work in prep for new trains – Plus photos of new trains"

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After a variety of shelved plans over the years, it looks like the line is going to be refurbished to a decent standard. Good news all round. Yes, three months with no service but hopefully there will be less breakdowns afterwards. Plenty of notice for those who use the service regularly too.


Hope they are going to refurbish the station at the end of the pier. As an introduction to the Island it is a disgrace.


If buses can be used instead of the trains for three months why not save a fortune in public money and make the change permanent?


Because buses are slower, carry fewer people and are more environmentally damaging than trains.

Rhos yr Alarch

Oh dear, not a patch on the existing ones, I’m afraid! Oh well, better than closing the line altogether, I suppose…


Explain please.


The only downside I can see is that the seat layout reflects those introduced for the London tube lines, where they key consideration is maximising the standing capacity of the carriages at the expense of seating space. Given that load levels on the Island Line are almost always well below capacity we would be better off with more front and back facing double seats.


It’s ideal, the longitudinal seating at each end is great for bikes and luggage.