Twenty-six new stations were opened by Network SouthEast between 1986 and 1992, two of which were on the Isle of Wight. The island formerly boasted a railway network totalling 55½-route-miles at its zenith; today, just an 8-mile 616-yard-long section remains, between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin. In response to a growth of housing development on the southern fringes of Sandown, the decision was taken to commission a new platform, 270-feet in length, on the eastern side of the single-track line. This was a simple well-lit timber affair, positioned a mile north of the terminus at Shanklin, and was host to a single glazed waiting shelter at its northern end. The station serves Sandown's southern suburb of Lake, and was brought into use on 11th May 1987.
13th June 2006
A northward view reveals the simple timber platform and the single-track curving away to Sandown, which is 1,462 yards distant.
© David Glasspool