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No trams for the Isle of Wight

Trams will not run on the Isle of Wight, despite being previously mooted as a solution for the UK island’s ageing infrastructure and rolling stock.

Trams will not run on the Isle of Wight, despite being previously mooted as a solution for the UK island’s ageing infrastructure and rolling stock. Instead, the former London Transport 1938 Stock will be replaced by larger former Sub-Surface (District line) trains refurbished by Vivarail to form Class 484 units.

Minister of State for rail Chris Heaton-Morris made the announcement in September; the GBP26m (EUR29.3m) scheme includes a new passing loop at Brading and refurbishment of Ryde Pier, where trains connect with ferries from Portsmouth.

Five two-car Class 484s have been ordered, with the first set expected to arrive in 2020.