£26m investment announced for Isle of Wight rail line [BBC News]

Date: 17/09/2019

A £26m package of investment in the worn-out Isle of Wight railway line has been unveiled by the government.
The Island Line service between Ryde and Shanklin currently uses 1938-built former London Underground trains.
The plans include replacing the trains with more modern Tube trains from London Underground^s District Line.
A passing loop will also be created at Brading which will allow trains to run half-hourly to Ryde pier to connect with ferry services to Portsmouth.
South Western Railway said the first of the five two-car District Line trains was due to be tested on the line from early next summer.

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BBC News

The UK's oldest train fleet is being replaced with Tube trains from London Underground's District Line.

New trains coming to the Isle of Wight | Isle of Wight News from OnTheWight

On the Wight

The 81-year-old trains that run on Island Line are to be swapped out for new ones. OnTheWight has all the details on this important news.

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