Whitchurch railway station (Hampshire)
Whitchurch railway station serves the town of Whitchurch in Hampshire, England. It is 59 miles 8 chains down the line from London Waterloo; the station is operated by South Western Railway. A ticket office is open during the morning peak. Off peak services: West of England Main Line 1 train per hour to London Waterloo - South Western Railway 1 train per hour to Salisbury - South Western RailwayAdditional services call at peak times, with extensions westward to either Yeovil Pen Mill or Exeter St Davids. Sunday trains call every two hours each way
Basingstoke railway station
Basingstoke railway station, in the town of Basingstoke in the county of Hampshire in England, is on the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo, with local and fast services operated by South Western Railway. It is the terminus of Great Western Railway local services on the Reading to Basingstoke Line. Long distance cross-country services operated by CrossCountry to Bournemouth from Birmingham and further north, join the main line from the branch there, it is 47 miles 61 chains down the line from London Waterloo, 51 miles 39 chains from London Paddington. The station was opened by the London and South Western Railway as a temporary terminus when its line to Southampton reached Basingstoke from London, it became a through station when the section running north from Southampton was completed in 1840. The intention to build a line from near Basingstoke to Bristol was dropped when the Great Western Railway was approved; the L&SWR did, however plan a line to Salisbury from Basingstoke but this was delayed by financial difficulties.
It was built reaching Andover in 1854 and Salisbury three years before being extended to become the West of England Main Line. The Great Western Railway opened its broad gauge line from Reading on 1 November 1848 with a separate station north of the L&SWR station. After its conversion to mixed gauge on 22 December 1856 through services could run between Southampton and Reading; the broad gauge rail was removed on 1 April 1869. The GWR station was closed on 1 January 1932 demolished in 1932, since which trains from Reading have used the main station. Basingstoke station was the terminus of the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway, opened in 1901 to prevent the GWR from building a line on this route towards Portsmouth; the line was never profitable. During the First World War some of the track was sold off. After the war, Southern Railway had the line reopened, but it was closed in 1932. In the 1980s Platform 5 was converted to a bay platform to permit an entrance on the northern side by British Rail.
In 1993, an explosive device planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army was found in a toilet, soon after a bomb scare at Reading railway station. In 2001 a suitcase was left outside the station containing the mutilated body of a man in his twenties, he had been stabbed to death. Anglia Railways ran the London Crosslink service from Ipswich to Basingstoke via Stratford and the North London Line using Class 170s between May 2000 and September 2002. South West Trains ran a local service from Reading to Brighton until timetable changes on 9 December 2007. Southern railway services from Southampton and Portsmouth to Brighton were improved to compensate for that; the station has five platforms. They are accessed via stairs and lifts from the booking hall and subway. There is a secondary entrance on Platform 4. Platform 1: Terminating slow services to and from London Waterloo. Westbound CrossCountry services to Southampton and Bournemouth and regional services to Southampton and Poole. Westbound freight trains pass through here.
Platform 2: Westbound services on the South Western Main Line and West of England Main Line Platform 3: Fast and semi-fast trains to London Waterloo. Platform 4: Northbound CrossCountry services to Reading and onwards to the north. A few trains to London Waterloo use this platform. Northbound freight trains pass through here. Platform 5: Bay platform for stopping services to Reading on the Reading to Basingstoke Line, operated by Great Western Railway; the station has two entrances. The main entrance to the south has access to a taxi rank, some car parks and a bus stop, with steps down to The Malls shopping centre. A bridge over Churchill Way leads to the bus station. Festival Place can be accessed from The Malls or the bus station, while Festival Square and the Top of Town are located beyond the bus station; the northern entrance on Platform 4 gives access to a car park. The south booking hall has information and a small shop; the station is staffed all day, both entrances have ticket barriers. There is a small café on the central island platform and another on Platform 4, as well as indoor waiting rooms.
The station area and its various routes have been controlled by colour light signalling since the mid-1960s. The 1966 panel box was located on the north side of the line to the east of the station, but this was superseded by a new facility in 2007 when the area was resignalled, it was announced in 2013 that a new Network Rail signalling operating centre would be built in Basingstoke. Twelve such regional control centres were to be built in the following 15 to 30 years, which will be responsible for all the signalling in the Wessex & South West England area. Several routes have had their signal control moved to Basingstoke, including the West of England main line Salisbury to Exmouth Jn in 2012 and the Poole - Wareham - Wool section of the line to Weymouth in 2015. On 19 December 2008 an over-height container on a freight train struck and damaged 140 yards of the canopy of platform 1; the train was stopped. The London and South Western Railway opened a locomotive shed on the south side of the main line, to the west of the station in 1839.
This was closed in 1909 to make way for station enlargement. It was replaced by a larger structure on the north side of the line; this was cl
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Hinton Admiral railway station
Hinton Admiral railway station is a station serving the villages of Bransgore and Hinton and the town of Highcliffe on the Hampshire/Dorset border in southern England. It is 101 miles 5 chains down the line from London Waterloo; the station is on the stretch of line opened in 1885 between Brockenhurst and Christchurch to provide a direct line from London to Bournemouth, bypassing the original "Castleman's Corkscrew" line via Ringwood and reducing that line to a backwater. There is no village as such, called Hinton Admiral; the village is called Hinton. The station principally serves the town of Highcliffe as Hinton itself is only a few houses; the station shares its name with Hinton Admiral house, the residence of Sir George Tapps-Gervis-Meyrick who owned the land that the station was built on. The station is operated by South Western Railway and is served by the London Waterloo to Poole stopping services; the platforms are able to accommodate trains of up to five coaches, longer trains only open the doors in the first four or five coaches depending on the type of unit operating the service.
In 1957 the station was the site of a camping coach. The basic service is provided by the hourly Waterloo to Poole stopping services each way. Extra trains call during the weekday business peaks, including through services to/from Weymouth
New Milton railway station
New Milton railway station serves the town of New Milton in Hampshire, England. It is 98 miles 44 chains down the line from London Waterloo, it serves nearby places including Milford on Sea, Ashley and Barton on Sea. The station was built in 1886 as part of the Brockenhurst to Christchurch Branch Railway which opened to traffic in 1888, it was operated by the London and South Western Railway from 1888 to 1923, by the Southern Railway from 1923 to 1948 and by British Railways from 1948, from 1982 as part of the Network SouthEast region. From privatisation in 1996 to 2017, all train services were run by South West Trains. Services are now run by South Western Railway; when it was built there was some discussion on. Milton was suggested, as the closest place, but was discounted as there are a number of places in England with that name. Barton, a short distance away, was suggested but was decided against for the same reason, it was not until the sub-postmistress set up the sub post office across the road and called it New Milton Sub Post Office that the current name was decided upon.
Services that call here are: Weymouth semi-fast service, the Poole stopping service and trains to London Waterloo via Southampton and Basingstoke. The station is able to accommodate trains of up to five coaches, longer trains only open the doors in the first four or five coaches depending on the type of unit operating the service; the station is equipped with toilets, a waiting room, bicycle lockers, electronic passenger information screens, a ticket office as well as ticket machines, has a large pay-and-display car park with 73 spaces for commuters
Totton railway station
Totton railway station serves the community of Totton, west of Southampton, England and is a station on the South Western Main Line. It is 82 miles 43 chains down the line from London Waterloo, it is managed by South Western Railway who operate the only services to stop at the station. The station was constructed by the London and South Western Railway and opened in 1859 as Eling Junction, after the name of the junction with the Eling Tramway branch located adjacent to the station, it was renamed in the same year as Totton after the growing community surrounding the station. The station passed into the ownership of the Southern Railway following the passing of the Railways Act 1921 and the subsequent grouping, it became the junction station for the Fawley Branch Line which opened in 1925. Following nationalisation of the railways in 1948, the station became part of British Railways' Southern region, is now owned by Network Rail, operated by South Western Railway; the station has few facilities, with a ticket office only open during weekday morning peak hours.
Access to the station is available from both the north and south sides of the station with a footbridge available to cross the track. The station entrances and the footbridge are located at the extreme east end of the platforms; the station consists of two platforms: Platform 1, located on the north side of the station, for trains heading east towards Southampton and London. Geographically the next station is Redbridge. However, direct trains from Totton to Redbridge are infrequent so the next station for most trains departing from Totton is Southampton Central. Platform 2, located on the south side of the station, for trains heading west towards Brockenhurst and Weymouth, with the next station being Ashurst; the station has a waiting room, located within the station building on Platform 1, but is only available for use during the weekday morning peak time when the station staff are available. In addition a covered awning provides shelter on Platform 1 and a small shelter has been installed on Platform 2.
There are cycle shelters located on Platform 1. Platform 2 is inaccessible to wheelchair users due to steps being present both on the footbridge and to reach the platform from the south entrance to the station; this has in the past resulted in passengers travelling to Southampton Central, where they can change trains. The station is served by an hourly, off-peak service in the form of the stopping service between London Waterloo and Poole. At peak times, this is increased to a half hourly service between London Weymouth. On Sundays, the off-peak timetable is used; the station was the terminus of a local service that ran from Totton to Romsey via a'horseshoe' shaped route through Southampton Central and Chandler's Ford. This was changed on 9 December 2007, following the new franchise, to a'six shaped' route from Salisbury to Romsey via Southampton Central and Chandler's Ford; the now freight-only Fawley Branch Line leaves the main line a short distance west of the station. The line has been identified as a priority for reopening to passenger use by Campaign for Better Transport.
The station is served by two bus services that stop on Commercial Road, to the north of the station. These services are: Bluestar 6 to Lyndhurst and Lymington and to Southampton in the opposite direction. Bluestar 8 to Marchwood and Hythe and to Southampton in the opposite direction. Bluestar 11 to West Totton and to Southampton in the opposite direction. Bluestar 12 to Calmore and to Southampton in the opposite direction. Salisbury Reds X7 to Salisbury and to Southampton in the opposite direction. Additional bus services stop in the Town centre nearby. Totton railway station is located half a kilometer away from the town centre of Totton resulting in an location isolated and overlooked from the rest of the town. In the summer of 2015, improvements were made across the town and at the station to link the station up with the rest of the town by providing better quality lighting and roads and directional signage towards the station in the town centre. Totton and Eling Totton station facilities at National Rail.
Totton station facilities at South Western Railway
Winchfield railway station
Winchfield railway station is located in the small village of Winchfield and serves Hartley Wintney and surrounding villages and towns such as Odiham and Whitehall in Hampshire, England. It is 39 miles 66 chains down the main line from London Waterloo and is situated between Fleet and Hook. Trains run every 30 minutes between Waterloo and Basingstoke; the station is served by 2 trains per hour in each direction during the off-peak hours Monday to Saturday with additional trains during weekday peak hours. On Sundays, trains run once an hour in either direction from the station; the London and South Western Railway built a line from London to Southampton via Basingstoke. The railway arrived from Woking on 24 September 1838, Winchfield station was opened as Shapley Heath as a temporary terminus. On 10 June the following year, the line was completed to Basingstoke and Shapley Heath became a through station, it was soon renamed as Winchfield after the village. As with Hook and Farnborough Main, there is a wide gap between their tracks.
An island platform stood in between them, but these have been removed. When the station was expanded so this platform could be built, one of the platforms was removed and rebuilt further away; the current platforms have different style canopies. Train times and station information for Winchfield railway station from National Rail