Rail News


September 23 , 2021

Isle of Wight rail line set to reopen after 10-month closure

22 September 2021

A railway line is expected to reopen 10 months after its closure for a £26m overhaul, following delays due to the pandemic and flash flooding.

The Isle of Wight's Island Line service closed on 4 January and had been expected to reopen in March.

Its trains have been replaced by London Underground trains, and tracks and platforms have been upgraded.

South Western Railway (SWR) said it would reopen on 1 November if its final train safety tests were successful.

Claire Mann, managing director of South Western Railway, said: "We are sorry that this project has taken longer to deliver than we first hoped, with a series of complications sadly delaying re-opening.

"However, we are confident that the transformed Island Line will be worth wait, and we are so excited to welcome locals and visitors back onboard."


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