Bitterne railway station
Bitterne railway station is located in eastern Southampton, England. It is on the main Southampton to Portsmouth coastal line, and serves the suburbs of Bitterne, Bitterne Manor, Bitterne Park and Midanbury.
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 5 March 1866|
|Original company||Southampton and Netley Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bitterne from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station was opened in May 1866 as Bitterne Road railway station. The station itself is located a mile west of Bitterne village, although original plans for the railway line would have seen the railway pass right through the centre of the village.
The line was originally single-track between St Denys and Fareham, with Bitterne acting as a "crossing station", where trains travelling in opposite directions could pass one another. There were three crossing stations on this stretch, with Netley and Swanwick being the other two.
Most train services are operated by South Western Railway. Many services pass through Bitterne station without calling, particularly on the Brighton and London lines. Trains run hourly to Southampton Central and Portsmouth and Southsea, calling at all stations en route. A single Southern service calls at the station, Monday to Friday only; the 0554 from London Victoria to Southampton Central, which calls at Bitterne at 0843.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Woolston||South Western Railway
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