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Swanwick railway station is a railway station in Fareham, Hampshire, England. Despite the name, it is actually in Park Gate not Swanwick, which is one mile north of the station.

Swanwick National Rail
PlacePark Gate
Local authorityFareham
Grid referenceSU517087
Station codeSNW
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.678 million
2014/15Increase 0.697 million
2015/16Steady 0.697 million
2016/17Decrease 0.599 million
2017/18Increase 0.617 million
Key datesOpened 2 September 1889 (2 September 1889)
Original companyLondon and South Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Swanwick from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station opened on 2 September 1889,[1] and was specially built for the local strawberry industry. For a short time each year, it was one of the busiest stations in the country.[2] The station is near a small industrial estate between the residential areas of Locks Heath and Whiteley.


The railway line between Netley and Fareham was built by the London and South Western Railway; it was authorised on 20 August 1883, construction began in April 1886, and the line was opened on 2 September 1889. Swanwick was one of two intermediate stations originally provided, but unlike its neighbour Bursledon, it was provided with a crossing loop so that two trains could pass each other on the single-track route.[3] The local area's strawberry industry provided up to 7,000 tons each year in the late 1800s. During the harvest, Swanwick Station became one of the busiest in the country with "Strawberry Specials" heading to Covent Garden and across the country. Long platforms were constructed to accommodate the trains.[4]

After the Second World War, the station was mainly used for passenger services.


The station is served by three services per hour each way Monday to Saturday and two per hour each way on Sunday.[5]

Monday to Saturday services
Southampton Central to Portsmouth & Southsea service operated by South Western Railway calling at all stations on the route (usually operated by Class 450 Desiro units)
Southampton Central to Brighton service operated by Southern (operated by Class 377 units)
Southampton Central to London Victoria service operated by Southern via Gatwick Airport (operated by Class 377 units)

Sunday service
Southampton Central to Portsmouth & Southsea service operated by South Western Railway (calls all stations on the route)

Southampton Central to Brighton service operated by Southern (operated by Class 377 units)


Swanwick Station from the footbridge looking east towards Fareham. The ticket office is on the right and the car park can seen in the centre background

The station is by far the busiest between Fareham and Southampton and enjoys more facilities than most on the line. The ticket office is open between 5.45am and 7pm weekdays (shorter hours at the weekend).[6] Toilet facilities and a waiting room are within the ticket office area (not available when the ticket office is closed).

The station is fully covered by CCTV, as is the large cycle shed and car park adjacent the station. There are customer help points and covered areas on both platforms. Disabled customers cannot gain access to the Fareham-bound platform.

Outside the station in the forecourt there is a taxi rank and a refreshment caravan providing food and drink throughout the day. The Park Gate Tandoori restaurant is located in the former station master's house which forms part of the station building.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Fareham   Southern
West Coastway Line
  Netley, Bursledon or Southampton Central
Fareham   South Western Railway
West Coastway Line


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 225. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ Strawberry growing in the Fareham Borough
  3. ^ Williams, R.A. (1973). The London & South Western Railway, volume 2: Growth and Consolidation. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 132–133. ISBN 0-7153-5940-1.
  4. ^ Locks Heath local history
  5. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 165 (Network Rail)
  6. ^ South Western Railway - Swanwick Station information

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