Eastleigh railway station

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Eastleigh National Rail
Railway Station Eastleigh.JPG
Eastleigh station main building in 2009
Place Eastleigh
Local authority Borough of Eastleigh
Grid reference SU457190
Station code ESL
Managed by South Western Railway
Number of platforms 3
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 1.532 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.181 million
2013/14 Increase 1.600 million
– Interchange  Decrease 0.145 million
2014/15 Increase 1.643 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.210 million
2015/16 Increase 1.678 million
– Interchange  Decrease 0.191 million
2016/17 Decrease 1.674 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.193 million
Key dates Opened 10 June 1839 (10 June 1839)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Eastleigh from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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A Special for Salisbury via Southampton in 1964

Eastleigh railway station serves the town of Eastleigh in the county of Hampshire in England. It is located on the South Western Main Line and is the junction station for two other routes, the Eastleigh-Fareham Line and the Eastleigh-Romsey Line. South of the station are Eastleigh Railway Works and Eastleigh Depot.


The station was built by the LSWR and was called Bishopstoke when it was opened in 1839. The station-house was designed by Sir William Tite.[1] It was renamed Bishopstoke Junction in 1852 (the branch to Fareham and Gosport having opened in 1841), Eastleigh and Bishopstoke in 1889, and finally Eastleigh Station in 1923.

The station has been a busy and important junction throughout its life, having gained a second branch line to Salisbury via Romsey in 1847 and a large carriage & wagon repair shops (later to become Eastleigh Works) in 1891. The main Waterloo to Bournemouth line was electrified in 1967, but the Romsey line closed to passenger traffic two years later in May 1969. The Portsmouth line remained diesel worked until 1990, but was then added to the electrified network. Passenger services over the line to Romsey restarted in 2003 - this line remains the only diesel-worked route of those in the area.

In 2015 the forecourt of the station received major improvements[2] at a cost of £500,000[3]


The station and its services are operated by South Western Railway. They operate services on three different lines, one is to Portsmouth Harbour via Hedge End, one is on the South West Main Line to Poole via Bournemouth. Both of these services start from London Waterloo. The third route is on the Salisbury to Romsey "Figure 6"[4] stopping line.[5]

Southern also operate one daily service on Mondays to Saturdays in the afternoon to Brighton, also one service from Brighton in late afternoon which then runs to Southampton Central after being reversed. On Saturdays, there are seven Southern departures to Southampton Central as well as the daily Brighton service. These run approximately every two hours.

Great Western Railway operate one train to Cardiff and one to Portsmouth Mon-Fri

The general off-peak service follows the pattern of:

The general Sunday service is similar, but with just one train to Waterloo per hour: the Poole and Portsmouth Harbour services join/split at Eastleigh, then run to/from London Waterloo as a joint service.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
or Winchester
  South Western Railway
  Southampton Airport Parkway
Winchester   South Western Railway
London-Portsmouth Harbour
  Hedge End
Chandlers Ford   South Western Railway
Romsey to Salisbury local services
  Southampton Airport Parkway
Fareham   Southern
Brighton-Southampton service
Peak Times Only
  Southampton Airport Parkway
Fareham or Hedge End   Great Western Railway
Cardiff - Portsmouth via Southampton
Peak Times Only
  Southampton Airport Parkway


  1. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; LLoyd, David (1967). The Buildings of England Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Penguin Books. p. 198. ISBN 0140710329. 
  2. ^ info@hants.gov.uk, Hampshire County Council. The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UJ; (6 September 2016). "Eastleigh railway station improvements". Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "£500,000 scheme to modernise railway station". 
  4. ^ Massey, Dan (2010-12-16). "Individual Decision by the Portfolio Holder for High Quality Environment" (PDF). Winchester City Council. Winchester City Council. p. 2. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  5. ^ Table 158 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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Coordinates: 50°58′10″N 1°20′58″W / 50.96944°N 1.34944°W / 50.96944; -1.34944