Island Line overnight testing – following the arrival of the first Class 484 trains last week, from 30th November testing will begin before they enter service next year. This will include overnight testing, including during hours when passenger services are not running. We would therefore ask all residents to take extra care near the railway during the night. South Western Railway are putting in place enhanced measures to ensure crossings are safe but would ask that all users are particularly careful when crossing at night.
South Western railway will be working hard to minimise disruption as much as possible, but do recognise that during testing there may be additional noise during the usual ‘quiet hours’, especially for those living in close proximity to the railway. Whilst they know this may be disruptive to neighbours, this testing is crucial to the successful introduction of the new trains next year and all the benefits that will bring to the Isle of Wight.