THE Government are considering a number of improvements to the rail network which could include the Isle of Wight, it has been announced today.
Under the proposals, the line between Havenstreet and Smallbrook would be electrified.
There would be a number of redundancies at The Isle of Wight Steam Railway which a spokesperson said would be offered on a voluntary basis initially.
Minister for Railways, Neve Rontime MP said, “We know a lot of people enjoy the steam trains but they are long overdue for replacement. Up to four minutes could be shaved from the eleven minute journey time. This is great news for the local economy.”
The project, dubbed HS3 after the initials of the two stations, could cost up to £500m to include the new lines and three new trains.
If approved, the upgrade could start in 2019 and would create fifty jobs for the length of the project, which could last up to three years.
Southern Vectis would operate a bus replacement service whilst the work was completed.