New stock announced for Isle of Wight
A £26m package of investment in the worn-out Isle of Wight railway line has been unveiled by the government.
Five Class 484 2 car units are being converted from London Underground D78 stock by Vivarail Ltd.
A passing loop will also be created at Brading which will allow trains to run half-hourly to Ryde pier to connect with ferry services to Portsmouth.
South Western Railway said the first of the new trains was due to be tested on the line from early next summer.
Track improvement works will follow during the winter.
The upgrades are being paid for by the Department for Transport, with £1m for the passing loop coming jointly from Isle of Wight Council and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.
Island Conservative MP Bob Seely said: “This is really great news for the island and long over-due.
“This represents the first significant upgrade to the route for over 50 years – since electrification in 1967.”