A decision on the future of the Isle of Wight’s Island Line train service, due to be made by the Department for Transport (DfT), has been delayed until the end of March.
A ‘priced option’ about how the 8.5 mile service will be run going forward was submitted to the government by South Western Railway in Q2 of 2018. This included options for stock, the physical network and changes to stations and timetables.
An announcement about the DfT decision was expected on 31st December but it has now been confirmed that that decision has been pushed back until the end of March.
The Isle of Wight Council and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway have both been involved in the priced option, the latter of which is expected to release news about future plans in the coming weeks. It’s previously been mentioned that the charity would like to run trains back into Ryde St John’s, extending their network past Smallbrook Junction.