Isle of Wight railway line overhaul delayed by about four months


The UK’s South Western Railway (SWR) has announced that the completion of the £ 26million project to renovate the Isle of Wight railway line will be delayed by at least four months.

Earlier this year, track and platform upgrade work began between Ryde Esplanade and Shanklin. The work was to be completed in three months.

The reopening of the line was delayed due to difficulties in the delivery of the new class 484 train fleet by rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail.

Due to complex software issues, Vivarail, which performs the refurbishment work on the 40-year-old rolling stock, was unable to deliver the fully refurbished trainsets.

Having so far received only one of five refurbished Class 484 trains, SWR said the reopening of the Island Line has been postponed until later this year.

Major infrastructure works such as a new loop at Brading and platform modifications to handle larger trains are currently completed.

Vivarail CEO Adrian Shooter said: “I have to tell you that unfortunately there will be a delay in the delivery of our trains for the Island line. While we were able to deliver the first train to the Isle of Wight several months ago, the rest of the fleet is still in Eastleigh for testing on the main line before delivery.

“However, we have unforeseen difficulties with the software. Our priority is to provide safe and reliable trains, so I asked my team to undertake a thorough review rather than trying to “fix” the software. ”

In a separate development, the Greater Anglia railway company decided to reuse and recycle components from its old trains that are sent for scrap.


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