Pokesdown railway station

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Pokesdown
Pokesdown station platforms looking southwards (towards Bournemouth), 22 February 2014
Location
Place Pokesdown
Local authority Bournemouth
Grid reference SZ124924
Operations
Station code POK
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.233 million
2005/06 Increase 0.263 million
2006/07 Increase 0.268 million
2007/08 Steady 0.268 million
2008/09 Increase 0.291 million
2009/10 Increase 0.293 million
2010/11 Increase 0.330 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.312 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.299 million
History
Original company London and South Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
1 July 1886 Opened as Boscombe
1 October 1891 Renamed Pokesdown (Boscombe)
1 May 1897 Renamed Pokesdown
1930 Renamed Pokesdown for Eastern Bournemouth
? Renamed Pokesdown
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pokesdown from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Pokesdown railway station is a railway station serving the Pokesdown, Boscombe and Southbourne areas of Bournemouth in Dorset, England. It is located on the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth.

The station is served by South West Trains, who operate semi-fast services from London Waterloo to Weymouth and London Waterloo to Poole stopping services.

The station[edit]

The station was opened on 1 July 1886 by the London and South Western Railway. It was originally named Boscombe, which was altered on 1 October 1891 to Pokesdown (Boscombe),[1] since the station was closer to Pokesdown than Boscombe. On 1 May 1897,[2] when Boscombe station was opened, the station was renamed again to just "Pokesdown".

In 1930, the station was again renamed, becoming Pokesdown for Eastern Bournemouth, although it reverted to Pokesdown under British Railways.[2] In the 1930s the Southern Railway made the platform facilities considerably larger, allowing the station to accommodate longer trains. Although some facilities have since been removed, at the time they provided an asset for the non-stopping services because there were tracks to use as fast lines in the up and down direction.

During the 1970s two of the four tracks were removed, and the signal box was closed.

On 16 May 2009 the station signage was changed to Pokesdown for Boscombe with announcements at other stations and on trains changed later on but the station remanins officially named Pokesdown.[3] The station is a short bus journey or walk from Boscombe's main shopping area.

Some South West Trains services operated by two 5 carriage Electric multiple units coupled together to form one 10 carriage unit cannot be accommodated fully by the platforms and only the doors of the leading unit are opened, however 8 carriage trains can open all doors.

Services[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Christchurch   South West Trains
London-Weymouth semi-fast services
  Bournemouth
Christchurch   South West Trains
London-Poole stopping services
  Bournemouth

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 40. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 187
  3. ^ http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/POK/details.html

Coordinates: 50°43′52″N 1°49′30″W / 50.731°N 1.825°W / 50.731; -1.825