Swanwick railway station

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This article is about the National Rail station. For the station on the Midland Railway - Butterley in Derbyshire, see Swanwick Junction railway station.
Swanwick National Rail
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Location
Place Park Gate
Local authority Fareham
Grid reference SU517087
Operations
Station code SNW
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  0.376 million
2005/06 Increase 0.404 million
2006/07 Increase 0.427 million
2007/08 Increase 0.463 million
2008/09 Increase 0.518 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.510 million
2010/11 Increase 0.581 million
2011/12 Increase 0.618 million
2012/13 Increase 0.632 million
2013/14 Increase 0.678 million
History
Key dates Opened 2 September 1889 (2 September 1889)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Swanwick from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Swanwick railway station is a railway station serving Park Gate, Locks Heath, Whiteley and Swanwick, in the borough of Fareham, in Hampshire, England. Despite the name, the station is actually in Park Gate and not Swanwick (which is one mile north of the station).

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 located near a small industrial estate and between the residential areas of Locks Heath and Whiteley.

History[edit]

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 due to the expansion of the fruit importing from Spain and South America. The availability of large aircraft, which had been used as bombers during the second world war, made the importing of higher quality strawberries more profitable.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

The station is served by three services per hour Monday to Saturday and one per hour on Sunday.

Monday to Saturday services
Southampton Central to Portsmouth & Southsea service operated by South West Trains 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 West Trains (calls all stations on the route)

Facilities[edit]

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).[5] 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 National Rail Following station
Fareham   Southern
West Coastway Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Netley, Bursledon or Southampton Central
Fareham   South West Trains
West Coastway Line
  Bursledon

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ South West Trains - Swanwick Station information

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°52′32″N 1°15′57″W / 50.875656°N 1.265852°W / 50.875656; -1.265852