islandlinesandownfoxesbridgecompleteIsland Line train services between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin have resumed to normal timetable today (Friday) following a ten week programme to repair storm damage at Sandown.

The network has reopened ahead of schedule following the completion of work to install two retaining walls near Foxes Bridge, an area which saw a landslide back in February 2014.

Engineers took advantage of the line closure to undertake normal track maintenance alongside the replacement of some signalling components, rails and sleepers and maintenance at the sub-station.

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Island Line Manager and Head of Customer Experience Andy Naylor said:

“We want to say a big Thank You to our passengers, local residents and businesses who have all been so patient over the last couple of months. We know that the work has had an impact on a lot of people, but now that it has been completed and the embankment strengthened against future bad weather, we’re delighted to re-open the network and provide the service that our customers have grown to know and love”.

Network Rail’s Project Sponsor Bernard Fanning said:

“We are delighted to have completed this work ahead of schedule enabling services to re-start earlier than expected. Thanks to the hard work of the project team and the commitment of our contractors Osborne and Raymond Brown, any challenges were dealt with safely and efficiently allowing services to return to normal as soon as possible.”

As a result of positive feedback from passengers, Island Line have made an adjustment to their regular timetable. From today the last services from Shanklin and Ryde Pier Head will be retimed to run later. These times will provide better connections to the late Wightlink Catamarans.

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newlateislandlinetimetablePhotograph thanks to Damien Evans

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