Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight

Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight, May 2012

Spans:The Solent
Design:John Kent of Southampton
Construction:Originally wood, replaced by iron; pier head supports in concrete
Year opened:1814
Original length:(i) 531m; (ii) 622m, 1824; (iii) 686m, 1842
Present length:703m
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.

Ryde
Isle of Wight
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