Guidance

Island community rail line

Community rail line service between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin.

Documents

Island Line: prospectus

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Island Line: map

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Details

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.

Route data

Region South east
Locale Isle of Wight
Stations 8
Length 8.5 miles
Journey time About 20 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Line
Pilot project No
Designation date March 2006
Partnership Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership (CRP)
Operator(s) South West Trains

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
  • Brading
  • Sandown
  • Lake
  • Shanklin

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.

Community rail designation

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

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.

Published 9 November 2005