Trails cut by Island Line train test safety fears
Four level crossings on the Isle of Wight railway line have been closed to the public – and have been since July 15.
There is currently no date for their reopening – meaning the trails that cross the line between Ryde and Brading are also effectively closed.
Operator South West Trains has put the closures in place as part of delayed improvement work on the line, the Isle of Wight Council said.
He said it was because it is currently not safe for pedestrians to use, when testing the new trains.
In pictures: a new train spotted on the tracks of the Island line
County Hall says he expects the crossings to reopen, but he doesn’t know when.
Some concerned islanders had expressed unconfirmed fears that the problem could be related to the visibility of the replacement train cars.
The new trains are supposed to be operational now, but software issues and Covid-19 have delayed the launch and no new start date has been confirmed.
Instead, the replacement buses have been increased.
There are no short or easy off-road detours to avoid closures.
However, in Brading, the Quay Lane Bridge can be used to travel between Brading and Brading Marshes.
The crossings currently concerned are:
Pig Leg Lane Level Crossing, Ryde – Public Footpath R52a connects Ashey Road / Rosemary Lane across the railway line to Nicholson Road / Great Preston Road
Barnes Railway Crossing, Brading – The B69 public trail was already closed due to work at Brading Station and connects Brading Station to Yarbridge.
Jones Railway Crossing, Brading – The B36 Public Trail connects the Lower Furlongs Estate with Brading by crossing the railroad to the Brading Marshes.
Vicarage Lane Level Crossing, Brading – The B4 / B4a public footpath connects Brading High Street / Vicarage Lane across the railway line to Brading Marshes.