Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight
|Design:||John Kent of Southampton|
|Construction:||Originally wood, replaced by iron; pier head supports in concrete|
|Original length:||(i) 531m; (ii) 622m, 1824; (iii) 686m, 1842|
|Restoration:||1896, 1947, 1960s, 1970/1, 1982, 1987/8|
Ryde Pier, dating as it does from 1814, is the UK’s oldest surviving pier. It is comprised of three piers: the original pier that was built for pedestrians but now used by cars; the tramway pier (now abandoned) and the train pier. The pier also has London Underground trains running along it. This line not only serves its ferry terminal and transports passengers up and down the pier, it also takes them along the island’s East coast.
Isle of Wight