Work to preserve and improve the Island Line’s historic Ryde Pier to begin this autumn

Ryde Pier

Last updated 22 September 2022

Work to preserve and improve the Island Line’s historic Ryde Pier to begin this autumn.

Network Rail and South Western Railway are set to begin a complex programme of vital maintenance and improvements on Ryde Pier, to keep Island Line services running long into the future.

This means the section of the Island Line between Ryde Esplanade and Ryde Pier Head will be closed from Sunday 30 October 2022 until Spring 2023. During this time, Network Rail engineers will strengthen the pier and extend its life by up to 60 years. South Western Railway will also be undertaking work at the same time, making efficient use of the closure.

The Island Line will operate a shuttle bus service between Ryde Pier Head and Ryde Esplanade during the closure.

This page will be updated when more information becomes available.

The need for the works

In stark contrast to today’s modern design and construction methods, the railway structure of the pier was built between 1878 and 1880 by Victorian engineers. After nearly 150 years of harsh environmental conditions, which have caused parts of the structure to deteriorate, it now needs major refurbishment and repairs.

The 686-metre-long pier is split into six ‘zones’ which were built using several different forms of construction. There have also been both major and emergency repairs in the last 60 years. As a result, engineers will have to use a variety of methods to repair the pier, with a combination of both partial replacements and full refurbishments of the metal and timber structure.


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