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Island Line is back to running 2 trains an hour following repair works by fleet engineers.

The 81-year-old trains are really showing their age and on 18th September technical issues forced the rail operator to pull one out of service, leading to an hourly timetable between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin.

Following hard work by the team at the train care depot at Ryde St John’s, the second train is now back in action enabling a normal timetabled service from the start of today (Monday).

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Phil Dominey of South Western Railway has said:

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience during the recent reduced service and Southern Vectis for assisting us in moving our passengers”.

Last month it was announced that £26million is to be injected into Island Line, enabling new trains to be brought to the Island and upgrades to both track and stations.

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Why can’t they now keep the effort going to make a third train available should there be anymore breakdowns before the new one arrive next summer.

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