The new Island Line trains will begin a period of crucial nighttime testing on the railway from Monday (30th November).

South Western Railway has provided an update on plans for the testing of the new fleet of Class 484 trains, which are due to enter service in the first 6 months of 2021.

Normal timetabled services between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin run from 05:00 in the morning until 23:30 at night, but from Monday trains will be running up and down the line throughout the night. It’s unknown how many weeks the testing will take place for.

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Local residents are being urged to take extra care when near the railway as although maintenance work does often occur overnight, it’s unusual for operational trains to be running. Enhanced measures are being put in place to ensure that all crossings are safe.

South Western Railway says that they will be working hard to minimise disruption as much as possible, but do recognise that during testing there may be additional noise during the usual ‘quiet hours’, especially for those living in close proximity to the railway.

The first 2 carriages of a fleet of 10 arrived on the Isle of Wight last week. They are due to be introduced into full-time service in May 2021 following a 3-month closure of Island Line in January, February and March.

The first Class 484 successfully travelled from Sandown to Ryde St John’s for the first time during the early hours of 21st November.

The first of the Class 484s arriving at Fishbourne on 19th November 2020
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