Portsmouth & Southsea railway station
Portsmouth & Southsea railway station is the main railway station in central Portsmouth in Hampshire, England. It is close to the Commercial Road shopping centre. British Transport Police maintain a presence at the station. There is a taxi rank at the front of the building and regular local buses within five minutes' walking distance.
|Portsmouth & Southsea|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Portsmouth and Ryde Joint Railway|
|14 June 1847||Opened (Portsmouth)|
|2 October 1876||Renamed (Portsmouth Town)|
|1925||Renamed (Portsmouth & Southsea)|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Portsmouth & Southsea from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station was first opened as Portsmouth on 14 June 1847. It was later renamed Portsmouth Town on 2 October 1876 to avoid confusion with other stations in Portsmouth, such as Portsmouth Harbour.
The station's present-day name of Portsmouth & Southsea originates from the closure of the Southsea Railway branch line, which had a terminus station in Southsea named East Southsea from 1885-1914. Competing trams and trolleybuses put the Southsea Railway out of business and it was closed in 1914. Train passengers and tourists bound for Southsea were then diverted to Portsmouth's main railway station, Portsmouth Town which was later renamed Portsmouth & Southsea in 1925.
Portsmouth & Southsea station was once the junction for the Portsmouth Dockyard branch, known as the Admiralty Line. The line branched off from the west end of today's platform 1 and passed through Victoria Park, close to the rear of Stanhope Road, before crossing Bishop Crispian Way via a level crossing (the gates still exist) and entering the naval base at the Unicorn Gate.
Part of the station, specifically the 1980s canopy over high level platforms 1 and 2, is still in its original red Network SouthEast livery.
The station is located on the Portsmouth Direct Line which runs between London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour. In addition there are regular services to Cardiff Central, Bristol Temple Meads, Southampton Central, Eastleigh, Woking, Brighton, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon and London Victoria. The station is split into two distinct parts: the high level (one island platform for through trains) and the low level (two bay platforms) where some trains terminate. In addition, Hovertravel run a bus service from Portsmouth & Southsea which connects to their Hovercraft service from Southsea to the Isle of Wight. The IoW terminal is located next to Ryde Esplanade, with a single price ticket for journeys via rail/hover/rail, similar to that provided by Wightlink from Portsmouth Harbour.
Monday to Saturday (off peak services)
- 3tph to London Waterloo via Guildford
- 1tph to London Waterloo via Eastleigh and Basingstoke
- 3tph to Portsmouth Harbour
- 1tph to Southampton Central
- 1tph to London Victoria via Horsham and Gatwick Airport
- 1tph to Littlehampton
- 1tph to Brighton
- 2tph to Portsmouth Harbour
- 1tph to Cardiff Central via Bristol Temple Meads and Southampton Central
- 1tph to Portsmouth Harbour
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Fratton||South Western Railway
Portsmouth Direct Line
West Coastway Line
|Great Western Railway
West Coastway Line