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South Western Railway introduce more peak time Island Line services

South Western Railway (SWR) have announced two Island Line trains on the Isle of Wight are set to run per hour during peak hours from 20th December.

The new peak period services are aimed at commuters travelling to and from the office once restrictions are lifted.

The introduction of the new services is a step towards SWR’s aim of having two trains per hour throughout the day.

The extra peak hour services will also be of assistance to local schools and schoolchildren in the area in the New Year.

One service per hour will travel to and from Ryde Pierhead during peak hours with another additional service terminating at Ryde Esplanade.

In turn, this will improve connections with Hovertravel.

SWR have run one service per hour on the Island Line since it reopened on 1st November to match low customer demand.

After bringing in an effective and efficient service SWR is now in a position to increase the number of services running at peak times.

Alex Foulds, SWR’s Commercial Projects Director spoke on the introduction of more services on the Island Line.

Mr Foulds said: “We are delighted to introduce additional Island Line services from Monday, which are set to make a big difference to our customers.

“Double the number of peak time trains will help people get to where they need to be more quickly, be they commuters, school children or leisure travellers.

“These changes will give a boost to the Island’s transport network, offering enhanced connectivity and better integrated public transport.

“Following the biggest upgrade to the Island Line in decades, [the] announcement marks an important milestone on our journey towards implementing the full timetable.”


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