Alton railway station

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This article is about the railway station in Hampshire. For the now disused railway station in Staffordshire, see Alton railway station, Staffordshire. For the Amtrak station in Illinois, see Alton (Amtrak station).
Alton National Rail
Alton
Location
Place Alton
Local authority East Hampshire
Grid reference SU723397
Operations
Station code AON
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.480 million
2005/06 Increase 0.498 million
2006/07 Increase 0.548 million
2007/08 Increase 0.626 million
2008/09 Increase 0.651 million
2009/10 Increase 0.707 million
2010/11 Increase 0.720 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.717 million
2012/13 Increase 0.721 million
History
28 July 1852 Station opens
2 October 1865 Station moved to adjacent site
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Alton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Local train to Winchester in 1955
Last Meon Valley train in 1955

Alton railway station is a railway station in the town of Alton, in the English county of Hampshire. The station is the terminus for two railway lines; the Alton Line which runs to Brookwood and onto London Waterloo and the Mid Hants Watercress Railway, which runs to Alresford. The latter once ran through Winchester but was closed to passengers in February 1973.[1] It reopened as a heritage line in 1985. Two other routes (both now closed) also served the station – the Meon Valley line to Fareham and the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway.

Services operate along the Alton Line to Brookwood and join the South West Main Line towards London Waterloo which is 46 34 miles (75.2 km) to the north east. The line was single-tracked as far as Farnham by British Rail in the early 1980s.

Platforms[edit]

There are three platforms in use. South West Trains use platforms one and two, connected by a footbridge. Platform three is used by the Mid Hants Watercress Railway.

History[edit]

The first station opened by the London and South Western Railway in 1852 was sited on what is now the station car park. It closed when the present station opened in 1865. The London & South Western Railway became part of the Southern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line from Woking to Alton was electrified in 1937 and the station passed on to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When Sectorisation was introduced in 1986, the station was served by Network SouthEast, until the privatisation of British Rail in 1997.

Services[edit]

Monday to Saturdays there is a half-hourly service to London Waterloo and an hourly service on Sundays, increasing to half-hourly from approximately 1330.

Services are usually operated by Class 450 Desiro units or Class 444 units.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Body, p.33

References[edit]

  • Body, G. (1984), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Southern Region, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Cambridge. ISBN 0-85059-664-5
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bentley or Farnham   South West Trains
Alton Line
  Terminus
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Terminus   Mid Hants Watercress Railway   Medstead & Four Marks
Disused railways
Treloar's Hospital Platform
Line and station closed
  London and South Western Railway
Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway
  Terminus
Terminus   British Rail
Southern Region
Meon Valley Railway
  Farringdon Platform

Coordinates: 51°09′07″N 0°58′04″W / 51.15200°N 0.96766°W / 51.15200; -0.96766