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Woolston railway station is a grade II listed[1] station serving the suburb of Woolston in the city of Southampton, England. The station is operated by South Western Railway. Just past Woolston station the line rounds the River Itchen giving a view into the city of Southampton, including Southampton FC's ground. In June 2010 the railway bridge was replaced.

Woolston National Rail
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Location
PlaceWoolston
Local authoritySouthampton
Grid referenceSU439112
Operations
Station codeWLS
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 0.163 million
2014/15Increase 0.165 million
2015/16Increase 0.172 million
2016/17Decrease 0.163 million
2017/18Decrease 0.155 million
History
Key datesOpened 5 March 1866 (5 March 1866)
Original companySouthampton and Netley Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Woolston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

HistoryEdit

The station was built in 1866 in an Italianate style typical of William Tite who designed other stations for the London & South Western Railway company.[2][3] A single track line was operated by the Southampton & Netley Railway to serve the Royal Victoria Military Hospital at Netley, which station was also built in an Italianate style.[4]

The station, with a train waiting in it, was bombed during a raid on the Spitfire works at Woolston during the Second World War, and suffered damage.[5] The station's extensive goods yard and brick shed was closed in 1967.[6] In June 2010 the railway bridge was replaced.

ServicesEdit

Typically one train an hour calls at Woolston in each direction, a stopping service run by South Western Railway between Southampton Central railway station and Portsmouth and Southsea railway station, with more services at peak times. Occasional trains run by Southern also stop at the station.[7]

The ticket office is manned Monday - Friday 06:10 - 11:00.[8]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Sholing   South Western Railway
West Coastway Line
  Bitterne
Netley   Southern
West Coastway Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  St Denys, Bitterne or Southampton Central

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Southampton City Council: Listed buildings in Southampton Archived 7 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 17 September 2007.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1178812)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. ^ Gordon Biddle, Oswald Stevens Nock (1983). The railway heritage of Britain: 150 years of railway architecture and engineering. M. Joseph. p. 206.
  4. ^ Netley Hospital and its Railways. J.R. Fairman. 1984. ISBN 0-946184-09-7. p30
  5. ^ Edwin Webb, John B. Duncan (1990). Blitz Over Britain. Spellmount. p. 58.
  6. ^ Edwin Course (1 January 1974). The railways of southern England: secondary and branch lines. Batsford.
  7. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 165 (Network Rail)
  8. ^ "Woolston (WLS)". nationalrail.co.uk.

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