Christchurch (Dorset) railway station

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Christchurch National Rail
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The Main Entrance to the Station
Location
Place Christchurch
Local authority Borough of Christchurch
Grid reference SZ152932
Operations
Station code CHR
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.357 million
2005/06 Steady0.357 million
2006/07 Steady0.357 million
2007/08 Increase0.368 million
2008/09 Increase0.412 million
2009/10 Decrease0.392 million
2010/11 Increase0.454 million
2011/12 Decrease0.445 million
2012/13 Increase0.449 million
2013/14 Increase0.472 million
History
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
30 May 1886 Opened
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* 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.
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Christchurch railway station is a station serving the town of Christchurch in Dorset (formerly Hampshire) in England. The station is on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line operated by South West Trains.

History[edit]

Between 1862 and 1886, Christchurch station was sited elsewhere to the east of Fairmile Road in Christchurch - see Christchurch original 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 and stopping services from Waterloo, usually formed by a class 444 Desiro electric multiple unit. 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 The majority of services were previously operated by class 442 Wessex Electrics which were withdrawn in February 2007.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.)

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
New Milton   South West Trains
London-Weymouth semi-fast services
  Pokesdown
Hinton Admiral   South West Trains
London-Poole stopping services
  Pokesdown
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