Ryde Esplanade railway station

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Ryde Esplanade National Rail
Ryde interchange.JPG
Location
Place Ryde
Local authority Isle of Wight
Grid reference SZ593929
Operations
Station code RYD
Managed by Island Line Trains
Number of platforms 1 (plus 1 disused)
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.365 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.328 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.302 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.290 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.281 million
History
5 April 1880 Opened
1 January 1967 Closed (for electrification)
20 March 1967 Reopened (after electrification)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ryde Esplanade from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ryde Esplanade railway station serves the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight, and forms part of the Ryde Transport Interchange. Located on the sea front, it is the most convenient station for the majority of the town. Ryde Esplanade is also the location of the principal ticket office and all lost property facilities for the Island Line. The larger St John's Road station houses the area office and is next to Ryde depot, where all in-house maintenance for the line takes place.

History[edit]

A station has existed on the site since 29 August 1864, when a horse-drawn tram service began operation along the new Ryde Pier.[1] This service, and the line it ran along, pre-dates both the railway line and the current facilities on the site. The tramway was extended to St John's Road in August 1871, but in 1880 this service was replaced by the railway line and current station. The station was originally known as Pier Gate. Trams continued running under various power sources until after the Grouping of Britain's railways in 1923, right up to January 1969.[2] The tram lines and the remaining terminus platforms for them are still visible at the western end of platform 1.

Facilities[edit]

There are two tracks through the station, and therefore two platform faces. The southern platform 1 is used for all regular passenger services, meaning that on departure trains may run in either direction. Platform 2 has previously been used for additional shuttle trains from the Esplanade to the Pier Head, but has fallen into disuse. Part of this second platform was due to be demolished in March 2007 under a separate Network Rail project.[3] Access between the two platforms was by means of a subway. This subway is no longer open to the public and is regularly flooded to a depth of several metres. There is a canopy over platform one, while platform two has a simple shelter over the subway entrance. All passenger facilities, including the ticket office and access to Ryde bus station, are found next to platform one on the south side of the site.

Service pattern[edit]

As of November 2008, there are two trains per hour to all destinations on the line, except Smallbrook Junction which is not always open to passengers. Due to the placement of passing loops on the mainly single-track line, trains cannot run at even 30-minute intervals. Instead, in each direction, each hour there is one train followed by a gap of 20 minutes, then another train followed by a gap of 40 minutes. In exceptionally busy periods, 3 trains per hour run at even 20-minute intervals.[citation needed]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ryde St John's Road   Island Line Trains
Island Line
  Ryde Pier Head
  Hovercraft services  
Portsmouth & Southsea
via Hoverbus
  Hovertravel
Hovercraft
  Terminus

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hardy, Brian (2003). Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight. Harrow Weald, Middlesex: Capital Transport. pp. 7–8. ISBN 1-85414-276-3. 
  2. ^ Hardy, Brian (2003). Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight. Harrow Weald, Middlesex: Capital Transport. p. 24. ISBN 1-85414-276-3. 
  3. ^ "Ryde Interchange (News)". 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 

Coordinates: 50°43′59″N 1°09′36″W / 50.733°N 1.160°W / 50.733; -1.160