Brookwood railway station

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Brookwood National Rail
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Brookwood railway station
Location
Place Brookwood
Local authority Borough of Woking
Coordinates 51°18′14″N 0°38′10″E / 51.304°N 0.636°E / 51.304; 0.636Coordinates: 51°18′14″N 0°38′10″E / 51.304°N 0.636°E / 51.304; 0.636
Grid reference SU951569
Operations
Station code BKO
Managed by South Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.934 million
– Interchange  Increase 60,013
2012/13 Increase 0.941 million
– Interchange  Decrease 56,896
2013/14 Increase 0.966 million
– Interchange  Decrease 52,223
2014/15 Increase 0.990 million
– Interchange  Increase 55,601
2015/16 Increase 0.995 million
– Interchange  Increase 61,231
History
Key dates Opened 1 June 1864 (1 June 1864)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Brookwood from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Brookwood is a National Rail railway station in Brookwood in the English county of Surrey.

History[edit]

The London and Southampton Railway (L&SR) was authorised on 25 July 1834.[1] It was built and opened in stages, and the second section, that between Woking (then known as Woking Common) and Winchfield, was opened on 24 September 1838;[2] there was only one intermediate station on this section, at Farnborough.[3] On 4 June 1839, the L&SR was renamed the London and South Western Railway (LSWR).[4]

Brookwood Cemetery Railway - commemorative track

Funeral trains from London to Woking Cemetery first ran in 1849. The opening of Brookwood Cemetery (and the associated London Necropolis railway station close to London Waterloo) led to an increase in the funeral traffic.[5] A branch line left from the main line station to serve two stations within the cemetery, Brookwood Cemetery North and Brookwood Cemetery South. In June 1863, the LSWR agreed to provide a station on the main line, to serve both the adjacent cemetery and Brookwood village; this opened on 1 June 1864.[6]

A branch line to the north of the line at Brookwood was opened on 14 July 1890. It served Bisley Camp of the National Rifle Association.[7]

The station was reconstructed in 1903, with a new down platform, 576 feet (176 m) long, being built to the south of the original. It was connected to the up platform by a new subway, the footbridge being removed. This made room for the double-track main line to be quadrupled; the new tracks through the station (1 mile 70 chains (3.0 km) between Brookwood East and Pirbright Junction) being brought into use on 15 November 1903.[8] New pneumatic signalling between Woking and Basingstoke was provided between 1904 and 1907; the stretch between Farnborough and Woking was brought into use during June–July 1907, and included a new signal box at Brookwood, having 35 working levers.[9] This box, like the previous Brookwood East manual signalbox, was on the down side of the line.[10]

Operation of the Bisley branch was transferred to the War Office on 1 March 1917, but was returned to the LSWR on 8 August 1918.[11]

View towards London Waterloo in May 2006

The cemetery branch line (and stations) have now closed, but the main line station remains and is now a popular commuter station on the South Western Main Line between London Waterloo and Basingstoke, served by South Western Railway. The exit to the cemetery remains.

Victorian postbox on the platform at Brookwood Station

Services[edit]

Trains run seven days a week. The typical Monday-Saturday off-peak service is:

On Sundays this becomes:

  • 2 trains per hour to London Waterloo (joining at Woking).
  • 1 train per hour to Basingstoke.
  • 1 train per hour to Alton.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Williams 1968, p. 20.
  2. ^ Williams 1968, p. 38.
  3. ^ Williams 1968, p. 43.
  4. ^ Williams 1968, p. 122.
  5. ^ Williams 1968, p. 247.
  6. ^ Williams 1968, p. 248.
  7. ^ Williams 1973, p. 79.
  8. ^ Faulkner & Williams 1988, pp. 58, 64.
  9. ^ Faulkner & Williams 1988, p. 62.
  10. ^ Faulkner & Williams 1988, p. 66.
  11. ^ Faulkner & Williams 1988, pp. 116–7.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Woking   South Western Railway
Waterloo to Basingstoke
  Farnborough (Main)
  South Western Railway
Alton Line
  Ash Vale