Beaulieu Road railway station

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Beaulieu Road National Rail
Beaulieu Road station, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 28345.jpg
Beaulieu Road station platforms
Location
PlaceBeaulieu
Local authorityDistrict of New Forest
Coordinates50°51′16″N 1°30′17″W / 50.85444°N 1.50472°W / 50.85444; -1.50472Coordinates: 50°51′16″N 1°30′17″W / 50.85444°N 1.50472°W / 50.85444; -1.50472
Grid referenceSU349062
Operations
Station codeBEU
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 10,730
2014/15Decrease 8,380
2015/16Increase 9,228
2016/17Decrease 8,858
2017/18Increase 9,034
History
Original companySouthampton and Dorchester Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
1 June 1847Opened
1 March 1860Closed
1 November 1895Reopened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Beaulieu Road from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Beaulieu Road railway station is located at the point where the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth crosses the B3056 road from Beaulieu to Lyndhurst in Hampshire, England. It is 88 miles 6 chains (141.7 km) down the line from Waterloo. Beaulieu Road is the least used station in Hampshire according to the official passenger statistics.[1]

History[edit]

The station in 1963

Opened by the Southampton and Dorchester Railway (S&DR) on 1 June 1847,[2] the station was not originally intended to serve the village of Beaulieu, which lies some 3.5 miles (5.5 km) distant. The railway company were obliged to open it as a 'personal' station for Lord Montagu, a concession to him for allowing the railway to be built over part of his Beaulieu Estate. A special signal would indicate to the train drivers that they should stop for Lord Montagu and his guests.

The station was closed by the London and South Western Railway (which had absorbed the S&DR in 1848[3]) on 1 March 1860, and reopened on 1 November 1895.[2] It was destaffed in the early 1960s.

Services[edit]

Nowadays the station is served by London Waterloo to Poole stopping services operated by South Western Railway. As of the December 2007 timetable, on Mondays to Fridays trains call only during the morning peak and late afternoon. From May 2008, a late morning service has also been added in each direction. In 2013 there were down trains, towards Poole, every two or three hours on Monday to Friday, the last being 20:44, but only three up trains (08:08, 11:38 and 18:38). On Saturdays there were five up and six down services. On Sundays, however, there was a better service, with trains to and from Poole calling hourly throughout the day.

The May 2016 timetable is essentially the same as that of 2013, though an extra weekday London-bound departure has been added at 13:38.[4]

Even on Sundays, however, services to and from Brockenhurst are much more frequent than those to Beaulieu Road.

The New Forest Tour summer open top bus service stops adjacent to Beaulieu Road.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ashurst New Forest   South Western Railway
London-Poole stopping service
  Brockenhurst

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://geofftech.co.uk/leastused/index.html
  2. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 30.
  3. ^ Awdry 1990, p. 198.
  4. ^ Table 158 National Rail timetable, May 2016

References[edit]

  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. CN 8983.
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  • Beaulieu Road - Least Used Station in Hampshire, 2018 film by Geoff Marshall about the station.