An Isle of Wight mum has found herself having to make four school runs per day, after replacement bus services on Island Line's Ryde to Shanklin route were withdrawn when trains returned on Monday.

Just one train per hour is running, currently.

Operator South Western Railway said it is deliberate move, at a time when passenger numbers are traditionally lower.

It said: "A key benefit of the upgrade programme has been the installation of a new passing loop at Brading, which will enable us to offer our customers the choice of two trains per hour and we are progressing plans to increase frequency as demand comes back in the spring."

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Island Line on Monday, photo by KILF.

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However, Hayley Crebbin has told the County Press that the replacement bus services, which were more frequent, were timed perfectly for her children to get from Brading to Ryde, in time for their primary and secondary schools.

That is in stark contrast to the train times, which are out of sync with school times, she said.

Hayley has been refunded the price of the boys' travel cards because the 7.39am from Brading is far too early for a school start time of 8.25am and 8.45am, in Ryde.

Meanwhile, the return service leaves Ryde at either 3.04pm or 4.04pm - either too early, or leaves the children with a significant wait.

Franchise holder South Western Railway said this week: "We are running buses to help children and families get to and from school while we are running one train per hour."

However, Hayley says she has not been told about the buses, despite making complaints and asking staff.

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Island Line closed in January, for a £26 million upgrade and the arrival of new rolling stock.

Delays meant the service did not return until Monday.