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Wightlink has welcomed today’s news of a £26million Government investment in Island Line.

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris today announced the cash boost that will fund South Western Railway’s proposals to improve services between Shanklin and Ryde Pier Head.

The investment will see the creation of a passing loop allowing the more modern trains that will enter service as part of the investment to run at half-hourly intervals. This will improve connectivity with Wightlink’s FastCat service between Ryde Pier Head and Portsmouth Harbour.

Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield says: “This investment will bring about a significant improvement to Island Line and therefore transport on and off the Island. As the Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said today, the money will mean better, more reliable trains and a timetable that connects better with our ferry services. That is great news for travellers.

“Today’s announcement marks the culmination of much hard work by many people and organisations including South Western Railway, the Isle of Wight Council and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as well as Island MP Bob Seely.

“Wightlink will continue to work with our partners to ensure our services are part of a high quality and sustainable integrated transport network to and from the Island.”

For more information, contact Karen Woods on 07775 694266 or karenwoods@wightlink.co.uk


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