We're temporarily closing the Island Line while we improve your trains for a smoother ride and more frequent service. Download our full replacement bus timetable to plan your journey.
Why is the Island Line being closed?
In September 2019, alongside the Department for Transport, we announced a major upgrade to Island Line, securing the long-term future of the line.
Funding provided by the Department for Transport, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and the Isle of Wight Council, will see £26m invested into Island Line helping us to deliver a modern railway for the Isle of Wight.
As part of this project we will replace the existing 82-year-old Island Line fleet, with newer and reliable trains, the Class 484.
In keeping with Island Line’s tradition, these trains will be former London Underground trains, extensively refurbished by Vivarail in Long Marston. These newer trains will thoroughly modernise the customer experience on Island Line bringing new features such as free on-board Wi-Fi, improved passenger information, at seat charging points and wheelchair spaces.
With five trains in service, we will also be able to run longer trains at busier times, such as during the summer.
Take a look inside the Class 484
Visit the Vivarail website to take a look at the Class 484 train interiors.
This investment will also see us deliver upgrades to Island Line’s infrastructure, including a new passing loop at Brading, which will allow us to run regular 30-minute services improving connections with Wightlink ferries. The work to upgrade the track will also make journeys smoother, and upgrades to platforms to improve access to the Class 484 trains.
From January 4 2021, services on Island Line will be replaced by buses, whilst the work to upgrade the line’s infrastructure is carried out. Following these works, the Class 484 trains will be introduced into service, with the regular 30-minute service introduced in May 2021.
We’re also making improvements to our stations, with free station Wi-Fi being rolled out across Island Line, and providing new ticket vending machines at Shanklin, Sandown and Ryde St Johns Road.
Planning your journey
Throughout these works, an hourly replacement bus service will run to keep our passengers moving. Buses will run between Shanklin and Ryde Esplanade. Wightlink Ferries are currently suspended due to the latest lockdown meaning the replacement mini bus along Ryde Pier Head is not in operation.
replacement bus timetable
Work completed in January 2021
Engineering work gallery
See the latest images from the construction work taking place. Click the image to see it full-size in a new tab.
Building the new passing loop at Brading station
Providing level access at Lake station by raising the height of the platform
Replacing railway track at Shanklin station