Ryde Esplanade railway station

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.

Ryde Esplanade
National Rail
Ryde interchange 2021.jpg
Ryde interchange in June 2021 on a wet day.
LocationRyde, Isle of Wight
Grid referenceSZ593929
Managed byIsland Line
Other information
Station codeRYD
ClassificationDfT category E
Original companyPortsmouth and Ryde Joint Railway
Pre-groupingPortsmouth and Ryde Joint Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
5 April 1880Opened
1 January 1967Closed (for electrification)
20 March 1967Reopened (after electrification)
1 January 2021Closed (for re-electrification)
Late 2021To Reopened (after re-electrification)
2015/16Decrease 0.281 million
2016/17Decrease 0.277 million
2017/18Decrease 0.259 million
2018/19Decrease 0.247 million
2019/20Decrease 0.220 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road


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 tramway 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.


  • John Henry Astridge 1880 - 1884[3] (also station master of Ryde Pier Head)
  • James Langworthy 1884 - 1894[4] (also station master of Ryde Pier Head)
  • William Percy Froud 1895 - 1905[5] (afterwards station master at Portsmouth Town and Portsmouth Harbour)
  • T.J.D. Russell 1905 - 1906[6]
  • George Henry French 1906 - 1930 (also station master at Ryde Pier Head, from 1913 also station master at Ryde St John's)
  • Malcolm J. Bucket 1930[7] - 1931 (formerly station master at Fratton, also station master at Ryde St John’s and Ryde Pier Head)
  • H.E. Millichap ca. 1935 - 1941 (also station master at Ryde St John’s and Ryde Pier Head)
  • T.F. Thompson 1941 - 1949[8]
  • T. Rowley Cliff ca. 1951


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.[9] 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 patternEdit

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 currently 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 have previously run at even 20-minute intervals.[10] "Clockface" 30-minute intervals between departures are expected after upgrade work on the line, scheduled for Winter 2020-2021.[11]

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



  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. ^ "Presentation". Isle of Wight Observer. England. 5 April 1884. Retrieved 25 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "The Langworthy Testimonial". Isle of Wight Observer. England. 2 November 1895. Retrieved 25 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Railway Loss". Hampshire Telegraph. England. 5 October 1923. Retrieved 25 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "1854-1910 Willow Walk and Newhaven Harbour". London, Brighton and South Coast Railway: 79. 1854. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Railway Promotion". Hampshire Telegraph. England. 25 April 1930. Retrieved 25 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Three-Stations chief retires". Portsmouth Evening News. England. 23 September 1949. Retrieved 25 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "Ryde Interchange (News)". 6 March 2007. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Island Line Replacement Review" (PDF). Gibb Transport Consulting. September 2001. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  11. ^ Simon Perry (17 September 2019). "Rollout schedule for new Island Line trains, enhancements and what we can expect". On The Wight. Retrieved 19 September 2019.

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