Winchfield railway station

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Winchfield National Rail
Winchfield railway station BRM1.jpg
Winchfield railway station seen from the bridge
Location
PlaceWinchfield
Local authorityDistrict of Hart
Coordinates51°17′06″N 0°54′25″W / 51.285°N 0.907°W / 51.285; -0.907Coordinates: 51°17′06″N 0°54′25″W / 51.285°N 0.907°W / 51.285; -0.907
Grid referenceSU763545
Operations
Station codeWNF
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.348 million
2014/15Increase 0.379 million
2015/16Decrease 0.369 million
2016/17Increase 0.371 million
2017/18Decrease 0.359 million
History
Original companyLondon and Southampton Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
24 September 1838Opened as Shapley Heath
by November 1840Renamed Winchfield
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Winchfield from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Winchfield railway station is located in the small village of Winchfield and also serves Hartley Wintney and surrounding villages and towns such as Odiham and Whitehall in Hampshire, England.

It is 39 miles 66 chains (64.1 km) down the main line from London Waterloo[note 1] and is situated between Fleet and Hook. Trains typically 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.

History[edit]

The London and South Western Railway (then London and Southampton railway) built a line from London to Southampton via Basingstoke; the railway arrived from Woking on 24 September 1838, and Winchfield station was opened as Shapley Heath as a temporary terminus.[1][2] 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; the precise date of this is unknown, but it occurred by November 1840.[3]

As with Hook and Farnborough Main, there is a wide gap between the platforms and their tracks. Originally 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. Consequently, the current platforms have different style canopies.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Railways in the United Kingdom historically are measured in miles and chains. There are 80 chains to one mile.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, R.A. (1968). The London & South Western Railway, volume 1: The Formative Years. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 38. ISBN 0-7153-4188-X.
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 209. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 209,251

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Fleet   South Western Railway
South Western Main Line
  Hook