Island Line services have been suspended this lunchtime (Wednesday) as a result of an electrical train fault.
At around 11:45, a train entering Ryde Esplanade station ground to a halt on an incline between Ryde Tunnel and the station. A sole passenger on board had to be evacuated by means of being escorted up the line to the nearby platform.
Now, South Western Railway has confirmed that their Isle of Wight service has been suspended until further notice, with no trains running between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin.
The service was already running a reduced timetable owing to a fault with 1 of just 2 trains operating on Island Line. Now, the sole remaining train has gone out of service.
It is unknown when the trains will start operating again, but SWR says that engineers are working to get the service up and running as soon as possible.
UPDATE @ 16:30 –
It has been confirmed that the service is expected to remain suspended until the end of the day tomorrow (Thursday), meaning it is unlikely any trains will run before Friday morning. Tickets are being accepted on Southern Vectis Route 2 and 3 buses only.
It was announced in September that 5 new 2-car trains have been ordered for the Isle of Wight, but they won’t enter service until May 2021.
UPDATE @ 18:20 – In an unexpected turn, South Western Railway have confirmed that a 1-train service has now resumed.
Trains are running to the revised timetable, with the first train having left Ryde Pier Head at 17:49.
Services are running at XX:49 from Ryde Pier Head and XX:18 from Shanklin. This is expected to continue until Friday.