Two walls at the embankment at Sandown – one at the top and one at the bottom – have now been completed and will provide ongoing support against weather related landslips, such as the one seen in February 2013.
Work is now continuing to infill and disguise the walls with a layer of topsoil, making their appearance more attractive. Island Line say the work continues to be on time and they are looking forward to re-opening the service fully between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin in a couple of week’s time.
During the last two weeks contractors have finished installing all piling at the top and bottom of the bank; completed the benching steps behind the upper walls and have finished filling behind the new walls with material enabling a level surface to be created.
Over the next fortnight topsoil will be installed behind the upper piling walls; drainage on the slope will be installed and a fill and grade to finish level will be completed.
As a result of continued positive feedback from passengers, the service will see an adjustment to the regular timetable. When the Island Line re-opens, the last services from Shanklin and Ryde Pier Head will be re-timed to run later.
Island Line say these times will provide better connections to the late Wightlink Catamarans.