Pokesdown railway station
Pokesdown railway station serves the Pokesdown, Boscombe and Southbourne areas of Bournemouth in Dorset, England. It is on the South Western Main Line, 106 miles 24 chains (171.1 km) down the line from London Waterloo.
Pokesdown station platforms looking southwards (towards Bournemouth), 22 February 2014
|Local authority||Borough of Bournemouth|
|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*|
|Original company||London and South Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
|1 July 1886||Opened as Boscombe|
|1 October 1891||Renamed Pokesdown (Boscombe)|
|1 May 1897||Renamed Pokesdown|
|1930||Renamed Pokesdown for Eastern Bournemouth|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pokesdown from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station was opened on 1 July 1886 by the London and South Western Railway. It was originally named Boscombe, which was altered on 1 October 1891 to Pokesdown (Boscombe), since the station was closer to Pokesdown than Boscombe. On 1 May 1897, when Boscombe station was opened, the station was renamed again to just "Pokesdown".
In 1930, the station was again renamed, becoming Pokesdown for Eastern Bournemouth, although it reverted to Pokesdown under British Railways. In the 1930s the Southern Railway made the platform facilities considerably larger, allowing the station to accommodate longer trains. Although some facilities have since been removed, at the time they provided an asset for the non-stopping services because there were tracks to use as fast lines in the up and down direction.
During the 1970s two of the four tracks were removed, and the signal box was closed.
On 16 May 2009 the station signage was changed to Pokesdown for Boscombe with announcements at other stations and on trains changed later on but the station remains officially named Pokesdown. The station is a short bus journey or walk from Boscombe's main shopping area.
Some South Western Railway services operated by two four- or five-carriage electric multiple units coupled together cannot be accommodated fully by the platforms and only selected doors open on such trains.
Lifts are present at Pokesdown station but are now disused albeit with evidence of their former existence still in place. A campaign involving the local MP Tobias Ellwood which began calling for the restoration of lifts at the station appears to have been successful with the winning bidders for the South Western Franchise, South Western Railway, required to install new lifts by 31 December 2019. However, this date has been pushed back to at least September 2020 because of difficulties accessing the disused lift shafts safely. Until lift access is restored, the only means of access to Pokesdown's platforms is via stairs from the bridge.
The basic Mon-Sat service frequency at the station is two per hour each way (with weekday peak extras). One of these is a semi-fast service between Waterloo & Weymouth whilst the other is the local stopping service to/from Poole. On Sundays the Waterloo to Poole stopping trains call hourly in each direction.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 40. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Butt 1995, p. 187
- "Make Pokesdown station accessible - Lifts now agreed for Pokesdown station!". Pokesdown Community Forum. Pokesdown Community Forum. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- "National Rail Enquiries - Pokesdown station plan (Bridge)". National Rail Enquiries. Association of Train Companies. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- 159james. "Abandoned Aldous & Campbell lift at Pokesdown For Boscombe station". Youtube. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- "Disused lift shafts at Pokesdown station to be assessed by contractors". Bournemouth Echo. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
- Table 158 National Rail timetable, May 2016
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Christchurch||South Western Railway
South Western Main Line
|Christchurch||London and South Western Railway
Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway
line open, station closed
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