Operation to restore storm damaged rail network

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Operation to restore storm damaged rail network

The flooded railway tunnel at Ryde Esplanade. Picture by Robin Crossley.

A MAJOR operation is underway on the Isle of Wight to repair the storm-damaged rail network.

Island Line said two of its trains would be out of action for months after being submerged in the recent floods, while 600 tonnes of ballast was needed to shore up areas where landslides had left the track unsupported.

Engineers need to replace ballast and sleepers across three miles of track, following severe flooding at Ryde over the festive period, the company said. Fifty metres of signal cabling must also be replaced.

A spokesman said: "Around 600 tonnes of ballast, the material used to provide stability to the track, will be delivered from today (Thursday).

"Crews will begin work with the material which weighs the equivalent of more than 450 average cars on Monday to get the line back up and running.

"The two crews will begin work from each end of the three mile stretch of track that needs repairing. One crew will start from Ryde tunnel, working towards Smallbrook Junction and the other will work from the other side, working back to the Smallbrook Junction.

"Repairs are also needed to the station platform at Smallbrook Junction."

Replacement bus and taxi services remain in place for around 17 hours a day and Southern Vectis buses on routes 2 and 3 are also accepting rail ticket holders between Ryde and Shanklin.


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by Stefan Attrill

4th January 2014, at 16:34:56

I have been informed that Ryde St Johns Rd Station is flooded again. When will authorities wake up and realise that filling in soil with concrete (building new homes) has an adverse affect on where water can naturally drain.

The field alongside the railway line at St Johns Rd/ St Johns Wood Rd has always flooded. 13 years ago planning application was refused to build new homes on this land due to flooding. It still floods there today yet I have been informed that a new planning application has been submitted.

Councils and those approving new builds need to wake up and realise the impact it is having; it's not rocket science!

In Northampton where I now live there has been severe flooding at a Holiday park which is located on a floodplain. I keep reading "global warming" but with the volume of new homes around the floodplain being regularly flooded I am not surprised why. The water has to go somewhere!

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by James McAdder

3rd January 2014, at 07:37:35

Yes, Mike keeps banging on about "roof and road" yet he wants a bridge which will require more road and encourage the building of both.

Still waiting for him to square that one.

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by alan naylor

3rd January 2014, at 06:15:22

Sorry to hear of the islands dilemma how ever not surprised out dated sewer and drainage systems all over the island and when was the Yar and the estuary last dredged nothing to do with roof and roads the housing density is small to most places in the uk per acre ps most countries don't let it soak in they save it for a sunny day makes sense of course the island has plenty of water in the summer don't they !!!!!

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by sean gage

2nd January 2014, at 19:53:55

If the 'Penny Feathers' development goes ahead isn't it going to exacerbate the situation? The water falling on that land (covered in concrete and asphalt) will run straight into Monkton Meade surely!

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by Russell Palin

2nd January 2014, at 19:38:09

At least two more low pressure weather systems to come, then a pattern change may(may/might) take place with the weather, in plain English, it could start doing something else other than storm....possibly.
Good luck with the railway.

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by Mike Crowe

2nd January 2014, at 17:39:12

I would appreciate Island Line telling is when the line from Shanklin To Ryde St Johns at least will be operating once the Smallbrook bit is done.

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by Mark Dunsford

2nd January 2014, at 17:15:25

Does anyone know if you will be able to get a rail ticket on the bus as Sandown station does not have a ticket office.

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by mikky magic

2nd January 2014, at 16:59:52

i dont want to be negative like some but i cant see the line being open in three weeks (as stated on rail website) as another storm on way tomorrow fri and also on sunday more predicted in the coming week. doesnt look good. must be a nightmare for the engineers

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