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Ringwood railway station

Ringwood is a closed railway station in the county of Hampshire, England which served the town of Ringwood. It lay on the former Southampton and Dorchester Railway, the original main line from a connection with the London and South Western Railway at Southampton through Brockenhurst to Dorchester.

Ringwood Railway Station.jpg
Former site of railway station, now an industrial area
AreaNew Forest, Hampshire
Grid referenceSU153047
Original companyRingwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway
Pre-groupingSouthampton and Dorchester Railway
London and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
1 June 1847Opened
4 May 1964Closed to passengers
7 August 1967Closed to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain

The later development of Bournemouth as a major town led to the building of a branch from Ringwood through to Christchurch, later extended to Bournemouth - see Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway. In 1885 the present main line from Brockenhurst to Christchurch and on to Poole via what is now Bournemouth Central was opened and the Ringwood to Christchurch line relegated to branch status, closing to all traffic in 1935. The Southampton and Dorchester line continued to carry all the trains to Dorchester and beyond to Weymouth until the Holes Bay Curve linking Poole with Hamworthy Junction opened in 1893. From then passenger trains were mostly restricted to local services between Brockenhurst and Bournemouth West, although at various times there were through services on a daily or weekly basis to places such as Weymouth, Southampton and Eastleigh.

With the build-up of holiday traffic in the 20th century, the route also proved a useful alternative to the congested Bournemouth line for summer Saturday trains to Weymouth and Swanage. Through goods trains also continued regularly to use the line. The central section of the Southampton and Dorchester Railway from Lymington Junction (exclusive) to Broadstone Junction (exclusive) was closed to passengers on 4 May 1964, one of the first closures following the Beeching Report of March 1963. The line east of Ringwood was closed completely and the track lifted in 1965. However public goods services continued from the Poole direction until August 1967 and the track was shortly thereafter lifted back to the RAOC fuel depot at West Moors.

Line todayEdit

The station was demolished after closure and most of the site has been redeveloped with industrial units. The trackbed approaching the town from each direction is now part of the Castleman Trailway.

A report from the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) published in June 2009 recommended the rebuilding of part of the Brockenhurst to Poole line from Brockenhurst to Ringwood. The report (Connecting Communities: Expanding Access to the Rail Network) looked into the feasibility of reopening disused lines and stations, it concluded that there was a business case for investing £70m in the new link with an hourly service.[1]

Cast iron canopy columns from the station were used to build a new shelter at Ropley Station on The Watercress Line [2]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line and station closed
  British Rail
Southern Region

Southampton and Dorchester Railway
  Ashley Heath
Line and station closed
Terminus   Southern Railway
Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway
  Avon Lodge
Line and station closed

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Connecting Communities – Expanding Access to the Rail Network" (PDF). London: Association of Train Operating Companies. June 2009. p. 19. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ "New shelter at historic Ropley Station officially opened".

Further readingEdit

  • R.V.J.Butt, (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  • B.L. Jackson, Castleman's Corkscrew: Including the Railways of Bournemouth and Associated Lines (2 vols), Oakwood Press, 2007, 2008
  • J.H. Lucking,. Railways of Dorset. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society 1968.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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