SECURING the future of Island Line is the latest pledge from Conservative parliamentary candidate Bob Seely, who said it could be time to re-establish routes across the Island.
Following a recent meeting with Island Line users and staff at Shanklin Railway Station, Mr Seely said: "I appreciate that there are practical and cost implications of such steps.
"But we are seeing former branch lines being re-opened elsewhere in the country.
"We must be ambitious in looking to do the same here on the Island."
While praising the current service's punctuality and high levels of user satisfaction, he also welcomed the proposed investment by new franchise holder First MTR.
"It is a lifeline service for families, commuters, students and visitors.
"It is essential that Island Line is not only retained, but secures much needed improvements.
"I welcome First MTR's proposals to introduce more modern rolling stock, a new passing loop to allow for half-hourly services and an earlier service from here in Shanklin.
"For too long Island Line has faced uncertainty over its future.
"It's now time for that uncertainty to end, and I salute the work of the Keep Island Line in the Franchise (KILF) campaign in tirelessly fighting to secure its place in the wider franchise."
If elected, Mr Seely said he will meet with representatives of First MTR ahead of their commencement of the new South Western Rail Franchise in August.