The sleepers exposed on the track. Picture by Susan Elliott
PASSENGERS using Island Line face three weeks of disruption due to flood damage caused to the railway's trackbed.
Flooding has washed away the trackbed at 20 locations in Ryde, leaving the tracks themselves unsupported.
Specialist engineers are assessing the situation this weekend to find out how long the damage will take to repair.
However, the company estimate it will take up to three weeks for the service to return to normal.
In the meantime, a bus-replacement service will run between Ryde Esplanade and Shanklin at 50 minutes past the hour and from Shanklin to Ryde at 38 minutes past the hour.
A taxi replacement service will run between Ryde Esplanade and Ryde Pier. Taxis will be met by the bus-replacement service.
An Island Line spokesperson said: "We apologise to our passengers for the disruption to their services. Bus-replacement services are in place to make sure people can travel to their destinations. Our engineers are working hard to fix the problem.
"We are providing updates for our passengers through our website as well as @SW_Trains Twitter feed and our staff are providing information and assisting our passengers at our stations."
For further information and updates, follow South West Trains on Twitter at @SW_Trains, or visit South West Trains website www.southwesttrains.co.uk