Following the successful completion of a year of major works, on Monday 10 July, Ryde Pier Head Station opened to trains for the first time since last October, after the critical work was completed.
The railway pier extends into the Solent and provides a link to the Isle of Wight ferries. The 143-year-old, 686-metre-long structure has been undergoing a programme of heavy maintenance and renewal to extend its life for another 60 years.
Much of the work needed boats to bring materials to the pier and to give colleagues access to work on it; extreme weather and storms over the winter affected the time needed but it’s now open to trains again.
To minimise disruption to passengers and keep workers safe whilst works were carried out, a buffer stop was installed which segregated the work site and allowed the whole line except for Ryde Pier to remain operational
Our One Team Wessex team (OTW), which is the collaborative relationship between Network Rail and Octavius responsible for the delivery of infrastructure enhancements and renewals in the Wessex route led the whole project together, to drive a successful outcome for the travelling public.
The project would not have been possible without the support and efforts our people and colleagues from our whole supply chain.
A huge congratulations and thank you to all involved in the delivery of this challenging project.
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