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NEW TRAINS TO UNDERGO NIGHT TESTING FROM MONDAY

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The new Island Line trains will begin a period of crucial nighttime testing on the railway from Monday (30th November).

South Western Railway has provided an update on plans for the testing of the new fleet of Class 484 trains, which are due to enter service in the first 6 months of 2021.

Normal timetabled services between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin run from 05:00 in the morning until 23:30 at night, but from Monday trains will be running up and down the line throughout the night. It’s unknown how many weeks the testing will take place for.

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Local residents are being urged to take extra care when near the railway as although maintenance work does often occur overnight, it’s unusual for operational trains to be running. Enhanced measures are being put in place to ensure that all crossings are safe.

South Western Railway says that they will be working hard to minimise disruption as much as possible, but do recognise that during testing there may be additional noise during the usual ‘quiet hours’, especially for those living in close proximity to the railway.

The first 2 carriages of a fleet of 10 arrived on the Isle of Wight last week. They are due to be introduced into full-time service in May 2021 following a 3-month closure of Island Line in January, February and March.

The first Class 484 successfully travelled from Sandown to Ryde St John’s for the first time during the early hours of 21st November.

The first of the Class 484s arriving at Fishbourne on 19th November 2020

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Level Phil
Level Phil
1 month ago

Fingers crossed that it doesn’t get jammed in the tunnel.

Ten Yard Ted
Ten Yard Ted
Reply to  Level Phil
1 month ago

More likely to be unusable in heavy rain once P.F et al are built as excess water from rooves and drains fill Monkton brook

Go-figure
Go-figure
Reply to  Ten Yard Ted
1 month ago

Ted, the top council have already sorted that problem should it arise.

They have bought themselves new cars on the expenses which we all pay for, so they and their family can travel in luxury and comfort. So no problem at all; for them.

Vote them OUT

Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
Reply to  Go-figure
1 month ago

Disgusting! Employees with company cars? What an outrage. Get a grip fool.

Gentle-man farmer
Gentle-man farmer
Reply to  Go-figure
1 month ago

gofiger
steem is wot best
lot cole left in dirt
wails got tons
visters like it an all

Pepe
Pepe
Reply to  Gentle-man farmer
1 month ago

Why do you write like Joe Biden?

Richard
Richard
Reply to  Pepe
1 month ago

I don’t think English is his first language.

traveller
traveller
Reply to  Richard
1 month ago

he is trying to be funny, writing in the way an old school farmer would speak – and not succeeding.

Lostessexboy
Lostessexboy
Reply to  Pepe
1 month ago

More like Donald Trump

Lostessexboy
Lostessexboy
Reply to  Level Phil
1 month ago

That’s why the line is shutting for engineering work !! To lower the track in the tunnels

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