SWR confirms changes to Island Line timetable

As the IW Observer reported at the beginning of April, South Western Railway (SWR) has announced that Island Line will be running a service only once every 40 minutes from Sunday, June 2, at least until the autumn.

Island Line has been plagued with problems since it was closed down for almost the whole of 2021 for a multi-million-pound upgrade. The refurbished 40-year-old Class 484 trains, from Vivarail, have proved unreliable and there are serious problems with uneven wheel wear, believed to be down to issues with the track.

When we reported the 40-minute service plans at the beginning of April, SWR refused to confirm them. This week the embarrassing admission was made along with a statement that the company is still aiming for a two train per hour timetable, more than two-and-a-half years after the line reopened.

A spokesman said: “We recognise Island Line’s overall performance has not been at the levels our customers expect, and we are working hard to make improvements that will provide a reliable service our customers can have confidence in.”