Island Line halve number of trains until further notice

The hourly service comes into effect next week. Details within.

Islandline trains

From Wednesday next week (18th September) Island Line trains will only be operating an hourly service, until further notice.

According to South Western Railway there is a safety issue with one of the trains, and they don’t appear to have one in reserve.

A South Western Railway spokesperson confirmed to OnTheWight:

“We are sorry but due to a safety issue with one of the Island Line trains we are currently only able to run one train an hour from start of service on Wednesday until further notice.

“The hourly service will connect with the ferries at Ryde Pier Head (xx.18 departures from Shanklin and xx.49 departures from Ryde Pier Head).

“We will return to our normal two trains an hour timetable as soon as possible, but the age of these trains and the difficulty in securing replacement parts, means this may take longer than normal.”

Image: tompagenet under CC BY 2.0

Friday, 13th September, 2019 10:23am



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I hope Lord Adonis is not visiting…

Wight link ferries has been operating a 50% reduced service from Ryde to Portsmouth practically all this year, leading to delays & extended waiting times for residents & other travellers, so it’s no surprise Island Trains is following suit. MP Seeley’s Twatter feed comments on Lord Adonis’ damning verdict made me laugh out loud because Seeley apparently didn’t object to the overall impact of poorly run &… Read more »
Benny C
Ian Ward is cabinet member responsible for transport. Major Island Roads issues, serious ongoing floating bridge issues, train resource issues, infrastructure strategy issues at St Marys roundabout, lack of transparency around all of this – ask yourself what’s the common senior link. Clue – he browsed for trousers in a Council scrutiny committee meeting and recently suggested he is more clued up on climate change than the… Read more »

You take your life in your hands every time you go on the island line. Hardly surprising that it’s difficult to find parts for an 81 year old train.

I’ve been many times to the island and will shortly be moving here permanently. It’s such a lovely place but the transport links are not good if you don’t drive.