Aldershot railway station

Aldershot railway station is located near the town centre of Aldershot in Hampshire, England. It is 35 miles (56 km) down the line from London Waterloo. It is on the Alton Line, part of the National Rail network, with train services and station facilities provided by South Western Railway.

Aldershot
National Rail
Aldershot railway station.JPG
Aldershot railway station
LocationAldershot, Rushmoor
United Kingdom
Grid referenceSU866504
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Platforms3
Other information
Station codeAHT
ClassificationDfT category C2
History
Opened2 May 1870[1] (2 May 1870[1])
Passengers
2014/15Increase 1.434 million[2]
 Interchange Decrease 0.141 million
2015/16Increase 1.465 million[2]
 Interchange Decrease 0.139 million
2016/17Decrease 1.438 million[2]
 Interchange Steady 0.139 million
2017/18Decrease 1.395 million[2]
 Interchange Decrease 0.131 million
2018/19Decrease 1.367 million[2]
 Interchange Decrease 0.122 million

It has the three-letter code AHT. The station's National Location Code (NLC) is 5623.

HistoryEdit

The London and South Western Railway opened the station in 1870. It became part of the Southern Railway in the 1923 Grouping. The station then passed to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

Network SouthEast operated and served the station after British Rail Sectorised itself in 1982. South West Trains has operated and served the station since the Privatisation of British Railways in 1996.

ServicesEdit

Train destinations are normally London Waterloo, Alton, Guildford, Farnham and Ascot.

Trains are usually routed to London Waterloo via Woking with three services in the morning peak scheduled to go the longer slower route via Ascot (included as part of the normal Aldershot to Ascot service) and two returning via this route in the evening.[3]

The typical off-peak service (Monday to Saturday) from the station is:

  • 2 trains per hour to London Waterloo,
  • 2 trains per hour to Alton,
  • 2 trains per hour to Guildford,
  • 2 trains per hour to Ascot (Berkshire)
  • 2 trains per hour to Farnham.
Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Ash Vale or Ash   South Western Railway
Alton Line
  Farnham
  South Western Railway
Ascot to Guildford line
  Reversal

Ticket machinesEdit

There are 2 new TicketXpress ticket vending machines which now reside outside the entrance to the booking hall, making them accessible when the station booking hall is closed. They are available at all times, except when remotely disabled when there is no service, such as at Christmas. These new machines sell tickets to many stations in Great Britain and accept major credit and debit cards.

The QuickFare self-service ticket machine (removed October 2006) accepted coins and banknotes and issued tickets to a variety of local destinations, as well as issuing tickets for the station car park. Discounts were available for holders of most Railcards. QuickFare ticket machines were used by British Rail and the Train Companies for many years, providing easy access to tickets at unstaffed stations and at times when ticket offices were closed.

The QuickFare ticket machine at Aldershot station was inside the booking hall on platform one. The place where it once stood is now occupied by the "scu" (the control centre that operates the new gateline).

Rolling stockEdit

Services are mainly run using a four, eight or twelve car Class 450 and 2 cycles can be carried per train. Class 444 Desiro five-car units are seen from time to time.

Up to 2005, ex-British Rail slam-door EMUs were used on the Alton Line, many of which were berthed at the carriage sidings south of Farnham station. The carriage shed at Farnham was built in 1937 around the time that the line was electrified.

The most commonly operated EMUs in recent years were Class 411, Class 421 and Class 423 units. These trains were withdrawn in 2005, except for a very few that were transferred to the Lymington Branch.

PlatformsEdit

 
Aldershot railway station, showing (from left to right) platforms 3, 2 and 1

The station has three platforms. The station entrance and ticket office is by Platform 1. Tracks by Platforms 2 and 3 are signalled for bi-directional operation.

Platforms 2 and 3 are reached by way of the original subway and a more recent covered footbridge. Lifts are incorporated into the footbridge for disabled access.

Local FeaturesEdit

As trains approach Farnham to the south, the mileage suddenly jumps to a higher one. This is because mileages between the site of Farnham Junction (by the electric substation just before the A31 flyover bridge) and 6 (the end of the line that formerly continued to Winchester) are reckoned from London Waterloo via Guildford and the now closed line via Ash Green and Tongham. The line from Waterloo via Ash Vale and Aldershot was built significantly later than that via Guildford and Ash Green.

About 450m north-east of the station (towards Ash and can be seen from near the end of platform 1) is Aldershot Railway Tunnel, also known as Redan Hill Tunnel. It is 76 yards long.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Old Hampshire Gazetteer
  2. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Tables 149 & 155

SourcesEdit

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
  • Station on navigable Ordnance Survey map
  • List of Railway Tunnels

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°14′47″N 0°45′36″W / 51.24639°N 0.76000°W / 51.24639; -0.76000