Botley railway station
Botley station (seen from road bridge)
|Local authority||City of Winchester|
|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Number of platforms||2 (Was 3)|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 29 November 1841|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Botley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Botley station was opened on 29 November 1841 by the LSWR but closed on 3 December 1841 due to an earthslip and then reopening on 7 February 1842. Botley was once the junction for the Bishops Waltham branch which was opened in 1863 and finally closed to freight in 1962. Some of the track from the branch still exists as a long siding, used by Foster Yeoman which operate an aggregate railhead depot and coated roadstone plant at Botley.
The photograph shows the view northwards in the direction of Eastleigh and London. The bay platform and signal-box for the closed Bishops Waltham line can be seen to the right, as can the junction itself, which is in the middle distance. The Foster Yeoman plant is at the top of the picture, occupying land on both sides of the line.
The station was a major loading point for strawberry traffic until about 1940, with trains taking the local produce up to London. The station possessed an extensive network of sidings and loading bays for this seasonal traffic and for storing the special ventilated vans that transported the fruit. The goods yard is now occupied by the Foster Yeoman stone plant. All traffic declined from 1950 onwards, but passenger numbers began to build again in the 1990s with the re-introduction of direct services to London for the first time since before the war. The line was electrified, on the 3rd rail system, in the 1990s. The station and route was again closed due to a land slip on 31 January 2014. The line reopened on 15 March 2014.
The station was refurbished in Summer 2015. New lighting, barriers and repainting took place. The platforms were also resurfaced.
Although the village of Botley is located within the boundaries of Eastleigh Borough Council the railway station falls within the boundaries of Winchester City Council.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Fareham||South West Trains
Eastleigh to Fareham line
|Terminus||London and South Western Railway
Bishops Waltham branch
- "Landslip sparks major delays as Hampshire prepares for 70mph winds (From Daily Echo)". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "Landslip near Botley - Alterations to trains between Eastleigh and Fareham".