New Island Line trains will be delayed

News OnTheWight has discovered that the new Island Line trains, originally expected to arrive early summer, have been delayed

One of the new Island Line trains

News OnTheWight has discovered there has been a delay to the first of the new Island Line trains – which was due to arrive for testing in early summer.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact, with delays in the supply chain.

Arriving in September
News OnTheWight has learnt the first of the new trains will now be arriving in September, one year on from the original announcement.

A spokesperson for South Western Railway told News OnTheWight,

“Unfortunately, the current Coronavirus situation has resulted in delays in the supply chain, and with social distancing measures at the manufacturing site, we now expect these trains to arrive on the Isle of Wight in September.”

Monday, 1st June, 2020 12:40pm



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Mr Magoo

Most unlike Island Line, the train’s not on time


The Train is the very least of the problems, lowering track and raising some platforms, as the new stock is standard gauge not as the 38 Tube stock

Alf Dross
More to the point, when are Network Rail or their appointed contractors, planning to start the track improvements and install the new loop at Brading? Without this work not easy to run the announced two trains per hour at 30 minute intervals. A stop gap could be 3 trains each hour carefully run to pass at Sandown & St Johns Road. Was three an hour the Saturday… Read more »

As with most engineering projects, its been hit in the planning stage and is now scheduled for January/February rather than Oct/November.