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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 National Rail
Portsmouth and Southsea - SWR 444009 (SWT livery).JPG
Location
PlacePortsmouth
Local authorityPortsmouth
Grid referenceSU641002
Operations
Station codePMS
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms4
DfT categoryC1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 2.032 million
2014/15Increase 2.156 million
2015/16Decrease 2.114 million
2016/17Decrease 2.012 million
2017/18Decrease 1.990 million
– Interchange Increase 23,985
History
Original companyLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Pre-groupingPortsmouth and Ryde Joint Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
14 June 1847Opened (Portsmouth)
2 October 1876Renamed (Portsmouth Town)
1925Renamed (Portsmouth & Southsea)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* 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, which is managed by South Western Railway, has ticket barriers in operation.

HistoryEdit

 
Aerial view of the station in 1946
 
View of the west end of platforms 2 (left) and 1 (right)
 
View of the 1980s British Rail era canopy over upper level platforms 1 & 2

The station was first opened as Portsmouth on 14 June 1847.[1] It was later renamed Portsmouth Town on 2 October 1876[1] 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.[1]

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.

ServicesEdit

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)

South Western Railway
  • 3tph to London Waterloo via Guildford
  • 1tph to London Waterloo via Eastleigh and Basingstoke
  • 3tph to Portsmouth Harbour
  • 1tph to Southampton Central
Southern
  • 1tph to London Victoria via Horsham and Gatwick Airport
  • 1tph to Littlehampton
  • 1tph to Brighton
  • 2tph to Portsmouth Harbour
Great Western Railway
  • 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
  Portsmouth Harbour
or
Terminus
  Southern
West Coastway Line
 
  Great Western Railway
West Coastway Line
 
  Hovercraft services  
Terminus   Hovertravel
Hovercraft
  Ryde Esplanade
via Hoverbus

ReferencesEdit

Railways in the Portsmouth area
 
 
 
 
West Coastway Line
to Brighton & London Victoria
West Coastway Line
to Southampton Central
 
 
 
 
Portchester
 
 
Havant
 
 
Bedhampton
Cosham
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Farlington Halt
 
 
 
 
HMNB Portsmouth
Admiralty Line
 
 
 
 
 
Hilsea
Portsmouth & Southsea
 
 
 
 
Fratton
Portsmouth Harbour
 
 
Southsea Railway 1885–1914
Gosport Ferry to Gosport
Wightlink to Ryde Pier Head
 
 
Jessie Road Bridge Halt
 
Albert Road Bridge Halt
 
East Southsea
  1. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 190. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.

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