THE reopening date for Ryde Pier Head train station has been revealed today (Monday).

Network Rail and South Western Railway (SWR) has confirmed the station and line will open no later than June 10.

This will be in time for both the start of the summer holidays and the Isle of Wight Festival.

Work is progressing well and is now entering the final stages, with engineers reinstating 172 metres of track and 280 sleepers following the repairs and painting of the steelwork.

The 143-year-old, 686-metre-long Victorian pier has been closed to Island Line services since October, 2022, for a programme of steelwork strengthening and track renewals.

Further follow up work to extend the life of the pier will be carried out over a number of weeks in October when fewer customers are travelling.

Engineers will install 396 metres of new track and 660 sleepers, while also realigning the track to provide smoother journeys along the pier and renewing signalling equipment to improve reliability.

Mark Dunn, SWR’s Island Line general manager, said: “We’re very pleased that the line between Ryde Pier Head and Ryde Esplanade will re-open on Saturday, June 10, to support the many tourists and festivalgoers we’re expecting.

“Once complete, these works will significantly improve customer journeys on the Island’s iconic pier and we are grateful to our customers for their ongoing patience as we work closely with Network Rail to complete them as soon as possible.”