The Island Line runs down the eastern side of the Isle of Wight from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin using 1938 Northern Line underground electric trains. The line was electrified in 1967 and for much of its length the line runs alongside the A3055 road.
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The Island Line serves the following 8 stations:
- Ryde Pier Head
- Ryde Esplanade
- Ryde St Johns Road
- SmallBrook Junction — connects with Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Trains connect with passenger ferries to Portsmouth Harbour at Ryde Pier Head, which connect with the rest of the national rail network. The line also connects to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, at Smallbrook Junction.
The Island Line was designated as a community rail line by the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) in March 2006. The designation covers the line and the passenger services between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin.
Network Rail strategic route plan
The Island Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s Wessex C strategic route plan.
The Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership (CRP) was formed in 2005 and is managed by the same partnership officer as the Lymington Brockenhurst CRP.