South Western Railways (SWR) have temporarily closed a number of level crossings around Ryde and Brading because of concerns for public safety.
Checks are being carried out on the approach to the crossings with the new Island Line trains due to come into service later in the year. An SWR spokesman said: “When we began testing the new Island Line trains, it became apparent that further enhancements are required to ensure the full safety of the pedestrian crossings over the tracks. As a result, we had to take urgent action to close the crossings.
“The permit for the closure lasts until August 13; however, the team on the Island are aiming to complete the work well before this date. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to our neighbours.”
An IW Council spokesman added: “The closures are needed because the crossings are not currently safe for pedestrians to use during testing of the new trains.
“There are no short or easy off-road diversions to avoid these closed points, although at Brading, Quay Lane bridge can be used to get between Brading and Brading Marshes.”
The level crossings (L/C) closed are:
Pig Leg Lane L/C, Ryde – Public Footpath R52a runs between Ashey Road at Rosemary Lane across the railway line to Nicholson Road/Great Preston Road
Barnes L/C, Brading – Public Footpath B69 this is already closed because of the works at Brading Stations but had connected Brading Station to Yar Bridge
Jones L/C, Brading – Public Footpath B36 runs between the Lower Furlongs Estate at Brading – across the railway to Brading Marshes
Vicarage Lane L/C, Brading – Public Footpath B4 /B4a runs between Brading High Street and Vicarage Lane – across the railway to Brading Marshes