Brading railway station

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Brading National Rail
Brading Station, IW, UK.jpg
Local authorityIsle of Wight
Coordinates50°40′41″N 1°08′20″W / 50.678°N 1.139°W / 50.678; -1.139Coordinates: 50°40′41″N 1°08′20″W / 50.678°N 1.139°W / 50.678; -1.139
Grid referenceSZ609868
Station codeBDN
Managed byIsland Line
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 50,954
2015/16Decrease 43,846
2016/17Increase 48,500
2017/18Decrease 45,848
2018/19Decrease 42,170
Key datesOpened 23 August 1864 (23 August 1864)
Listed status
Listed featureBrading Railway Station Main Building
Listing gradeGrade II listed
Entry number1034363[1]
Added to list14 April 1986
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Brading from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Brading railway station is a Grade II listed[1] railway station serving Brading on the Isle of Wight, England. It is located on the Island Line from Ryde to Shanklin. Owing to its secluded location and single operational platform, it is one of the quietest stations on the island.


The station was opened in 1864 by the Isle of Wight Railway on the Ryde-Shanklin-Ventnor line. In 1882 it became a junction station, when the Brading-Bembridge branch line as part of the Brading Haven reclamation scheme. The branch line closed to passengers in 1953 and completely in 1957.

Under Southern Railway ownership, the passing loop was extended southwards from Brading to Sandown in 1927, forming a second section of double track on the Island Line.[2]

By the early 1980s Brading was one of the last stations on British Rail to retain gas lighting. In 1985 this changed; although the fittings were retained, they were converted from gas to mercury vapour usage. A few survive in 2010, now using compact fluorescent bulbs.

Brading station, 1985

Brading signalbox closed on 28 October 1988. At this time, the passing loop at Brading station was removed, meaning that only one platform remained in use. This meant the end of 30-minute interval service on the line for over 25 years.[3] By 1998 the signal box and branch platforms were very overgrown and the buildings were threatened with demolition. Brading Town Council stepped in and with the help of grants and volunteers, from 2002, different parts of the station were gradually being reopened, on March 2010 the whole of the station and signal box was fully opened to the public for the first time in 40 years. The restored Grade II listed[4] signal box and station buildings are now home to a heritage centre, cafe, museum and a Tourist Information Point.[5] The main station building is Grade II listed,[1] as is the station building on the east platform,[6] the footbridge,[7] and the station house.[8]

Services and facilities[edit]

Exterior of station in 2017

In August 2007 Brading Town Council announced a plan to revamp the exterior of the station buildings and former signal box.[9] The station building houses a café, visitors' centre and bike hire shop. There is no railway staff presence at the station, tickets are issued from an automatic machine or from the guard on board the train. Trains for both directions leave from the same platform, as the line is presently single track.

The present level of service is normally two trains per hour each way. In common with the rest of Island Line, trains currently run separated by a 20 or 40 minute gap.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Sandown   Island Line
  Smallbrook Junction
(steam operating days only)
    Ryde St Johns Road
Disused railways
Terminus   British Rail
Southern Region

IoWR: Bembridge branch
  St Helens


An announcement on 16 September 2019 confirmed that a passing loop will be reinstated at Brading to allow trains to run at regular half-hourly intervals.[10]. Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely said: I am… pleased that a new passing loop will be introduced at Brading. This will improve connectivity with cross-Solent sailings at peak times, and complements the allocated funding from Network Rail to renew Ryde Railway Pier.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Brading Railway Station Main Building (1034363)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 June 2017
  2. ^ Hardy, Brian (2003). Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight. Harrow Weald, Middlesex: Capital Transport. p. 9. ISBN 1-85414-276-3.
  3. ^ Hardy, Brian (2003). Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight. Harrow Weald, Middlesex: Capital Transport. p. 37. ISBN 1-85414-276-3.
  4. ^ Historic England, "Brading Railway Station Signal Box (1034364)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 June 2017
  5. ^ "Brading Station Visitor Centre". Archived from the original on 5 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ Historic England, "Brading Railway Station Main Building on East Platform (1291364)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 June 2017
  7. ^ Historic England, "Brading Railway Station Footbridge (1365330)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 June 2017
  8. ^ Historic England, "Station House (1219685)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 June 2017
  9. ^ The News, Portsmouth, 3 August 2007
  10. ^ "£26m announced for Island rail line". 16 September 2019.
  11. ^ Perry, Simon (16 September 2019). "New trains coming to the Isle of Wight". On the Wight.

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