Eastleigh railway station
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Eastleigh railway station serves the town of Eastleigh in the county of Hampshire in England. It is located on the South Western Main Line and is the junction station for two other routes, the Eastleigh-Fareham Line and the Eastleigh-Romsey Line. It is 73 miles 35 chains (118.2 km) from London Waterloo. South of the station are Eastleigh Railway Works and Eastleigh Depot.
|Location||Eastleigh, Borough of Eastleigh|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Classification||DfT category C1|
|Opened||10 June 1839|
|Original company||London and South Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
The station was built by the LSWR and was called Bishopstoke when it was opened in 1839. The station-house was designed by Sir William Tite. It was renamed Bishopstoke Junction in 1852 (the branch to Fareham and Gosport having opened in 1841), Eastleigh and Bishopstoke in 1889, and finally Eastleigh Station in 1923.
The station has been a busy and important junction throughout its life, having gained a second branch line to Salisbury via Romsey in 1847 and a large carriage & wagon repair shops (later to become Eastleigh Works) in 1891. The main Waterloo to Bournemouth line was electrified in 1967, but the Romsey line closed to passenger traffic two years later in May 1969. The Portsmouth line remained diesel worked until 1990, but was then added to the electrified network. Passenger services over the line to Romsey restarted in 2003 - this line remains the only diesel-worked route of those in the area.
Accidents and IncidentsEdit
On 28 January 2020, a freight train derailed whilst moving at a slow speed just outside the station. It caused major structural damage to the tracks and disruption for several days across the whole South Western Main Line between Southampton Central and Basingstoke. Delays lasted well into February.
The station and its services are operated by South Western Railway. They operate services on three different lines, one is to Portsmouth Harbour via Hedge End, one is on the South West Main Line to Poole via Bournemouth. Both of these services start from London Waterloo. The third route is on the Salisbury to Romsey "Figure 6" stopping line.
Great Western Railway operate one train to Bristol Temple Meads and one to Portsmouth in the evening Monday to Friday, with the Bristol service terminating at Westbury on Saturdays.
The general off-peak service follows the pattern of:
- 1 tph to Poole
- 2 tph to London Waterloo
- 1 tph to Salisbury
- 1 tph to Portsmouth Harbour
- 1 tph to Romsey
The general Sunday service is similar, but with just one train to Waterloo per hour: the Poole and Portsmouth Harbour services join/split at Eastleigh, then run to/from London Waterloo as a joint service until 4pm when the services are separated, with the Portsmouth Harbour service as a stopping service to London Waterloo.
- 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.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; LLoyd, David (1967). The Buildings of England Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Penguin Books. p. 198. ISBN 0140710329.
- firstname.lastname@example.org, Hampshire County Council. The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UJ (6 September 2016). "Eastleigh railway station improvements". Archived from the original on 2 October 2015.
- "£500,000 scheme to modernise railway station".
- "Disruption through Eastleigh until Saturday 29 February". 1 February 2020.
- Massey, Dan (16 December 2010). "Individual Decision by the Portfolio Holder for High Quality Environment" (PDF). Winchester City Council. Winchester City Council. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- Table 158 National Rail timetable, May 2019
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