From Monday 4 January - Island Line temporarily closed
What's going on
There is no train service for any stations on Island Line from Monday 4 January until Spring 2021 whilst engineering work takes place to upgrade the network.
The current service is being temporarily replaced by a regular bus service.
Why is there no service?
As part of a £26m upgrade of Island Line, there is a three-month work programme to transform services and deliver new trains for the residents and visitors to the Isle of Wight.
Part of this programme includes the construction of a new passing loop at Brading which requires the entire line to be closed between Monday 4 January until mid May 2021. Once complete, these improvements will allow us to deliver a new regular 30-minute train service from the next timetable change in May 2021.
We are also "evening-out" some sections of track to improve the quality of the ride as well as making changes to some platforms to deliver step-free access to the new Class 484 trains. Improvements at stations will include new Wi-Fi and ticket vending machines at Shanklin, Sandown and Ryde St John's Road.
How is my journey affected – bus timetable
An hourly rail replacement bus service will operate in both directions throughout the works to upgrade the network. Additional buses will be provided for school services.
You can check the bus timings on our website https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey or download a copy of the timetable here.
Full details on the improvements being made to Island Line can be found here: