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islandlinerepairsWork to repair the Island’s railway network is ahead of schedule thanks to the dedication of South West Trains, Network Rail Alliance staff and their contractors.

Some 600 tonnes of ballast was delivered by ferry to the Island last weekend allowing engineers to begin repair work a week ago following the adverse weather experienced during December.

Provided there is no further extreme weather, the Island Line network repairs in around 20 locations should be completed by 20th January allowing the network to reopen promptly.

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rydetunnelrepairsRepairs have had to be carried out to Smallbrook Junction’s platform as well repairs to the signalling system by replacing 500 metres of cabling and point motors through Ryde tunnel. Part of the brick work has also been shored-up.

A spokesperson for the Island Line said:

“We are very pleased with how repairs are going. It’s not been easy for our staff or our contractors, they’ve had some difficult conditions to deal with, but repairs are going well.

“Repairing the damage caused remains a huge task and we’re very grateful to our passengers for their continued patience. We’re doing everything we can to get the network back up and running again.

“We’re hoping, weather permitting, that we’ll be on track to reopen the network on 20th January.”

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Replacement bus and taxi services remain in force, as previously reported. 

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