Christchurch railway station (England)

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Christchurch National Rail
How did I get here? Christchurch station ... (2481296798).jpg
The Main Entrance to the Station
Location
PlaceChristchurch
Local authorityBorough of Christchurch
Grid referenceSZ152932
Operations
Station codeCHR
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.472 million
2014/15Decrease 0.465 million
2015/16Increase 0.498 million
2016/17Decrease 0.496 million
2017/18Increase 0.519 million
History
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
30 May 1886Opened
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 Christchurch from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Christchurch railway station serves the town of Christchurch in Dorset (formerly in Hampshire), England. The station is on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line operated by South Western Railway. It is 104 miles 28 chains (167.9 km) down the line from Waterloo.

History[edit]

Between 1862 and 1886, Christchurch station was sited elsewhere to the east of Fairmile Road in Christchurch - see Christchurch (RC&BR) railway station. Until 1935 the current station also serviced the line from Ringwood - see Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway. The line was electrified in 1967 when faster more frequent services were introduced.

Services[edit]

A train from London

Although passed by the faster trains to Bournemouth it has an hourly semi-fast (to Weymouth, does not run on Sundays) and stopping (to Poole) service from Waterloo, usually formed by a class 444 Desiro electric multiple unit.[1] This gives a journey time of about two hours from London. As well as Christchurch, the station is useful for reaching eastern parts of Bournemouth. The majority of services were previously operated by class 442 Wessex Electrics which were withdrawn in February 2007.

The station is able to accommodate trains of up to eight coaches, longer trains only open the doors in the first five or eight coaches depending on the type of unit operating the service.

Road access to the station is from the northern end of Stour Road, near to the junction with Bargates coming from the town centre, at the end of Fairmile coming from the direction of Bournemouth International Airport and the Wessex Way. (A fairly steep bridge over the railway marks the point where Fairmile and Bargates, one straight road, meet.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Table 158 National Rail timetable, May 2016
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
New Milton   South Western Railway
London-Weymouth semi-fast services
  Pokesdown
Hinton Admiral   South Western Railway
London-Poole stopping services
 
Disused railways
Hurn
Line and station closed
  Southern Railway
Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway
  Terminus

Coordinates: 50°44′17″N 1°47′06″W / 50.738°N 1.785°W / 50.738; -1.785