Fareham railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Fareham National Rail
FarehamStation-Platforms.jpg
Fareham station platforms 2 and 3
Location
PlaceFareham
Local authorityFareham (district)
Grid referenceSU569063
Operations
Station codeFRM
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryC2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 1.725 million
– Interchange Increase 0.174 million
2014/15Increase 1.785 million
– Interchange Increase 0.181 million
2015/16Increase 1.787 million
– Interchange Decrease 0.179 million
2016/17Decrease 1.645 million
– Interchange Decrease 0.159 million
2017/18Decrease 1.630 million
– Interchange Increase 0.168 million
History
Key datesOpened 29 November 1841 (29 November 1841)
Original companyLondon and South Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
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 Fareham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Fareham railway station is on the West Coastway Line situated about 0.62 miles (1 km) from the town of Fareham in Hampshire, England. It is 84 miles 21 chains (135.6 km) down the line from London Waterloo. It is 5.36 miles from Botley Station, 3.18 miles from Portchester and 3.7 miles from Swanwick.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Fareham station was first opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1841 on the line from Eastleigh to Gosport. Later additions in 1848 connected Fareham station with Southampton, Portsmouth and along the coast towards Brighton. These later lines are now the most valuable, but as a consequence of the later construction there is a sharp curve upon exiting the station to Portsmouth, and a lesser one towards Southampton. A 20 mph speed limit protects the area surrounding Fareham station, mainly due to the sharp curve on the Portsmouth side. The original line, now singled through Fareham Tunnel, to Eastleigh and London, is dead straight, as is the former Gosport route, which closed to passengers in 1953. Track remains overgrown in places on the Gosport route, although most of it has now been cleared for a bus express route from Fareham to Gosport ferry operated by First Bus. The line formerly saw freight services to a Royal Navy ordnance factory at Bedenham into the 1990s but after closure the track was removed.

There was also a line to Alton via the Meon Valley (opening in 1903), branching from the Eastleigh route at Knowle, north of the tunnel. It was built initially as a fast route to the Isle of Wight - to express standards though only a single line on double track earthworks - at a time when Stokes Bay, not Portsmouth Harbour, was the primary rail-connected ferry terminus for the Island. That route closed to passengers in 1955.

Stopping trains cross at Fareham in 1955

In the early 21st century a new footbridge and lifts were erected to the north of the station buildings and canopies. The lifts allows the station to comply with the Equality Act 2010, providing wheelchair access to all platforms. Related work has included fitting tactile strips to all three platforms. Work commenced in October 2008 and was undertaken by Osborne Rail Division. The ticket office was reopened with a new entrance to the platform at the south end of the corridor. Ticket barriers were also installed and a new station shop constructed at the end of the station building on Platform 3.

Description[edit]

Fareham station is located on the West Coastway Line which runs between Brighton and Southampton Central. It is now served by South Western Railway, Southern and Great Western Railway.

The station has three platforms: [1]

Platform 1 is the main up platform and serves Southampton Central, Cardiff Central and London Waterloo via Winchester and Basingstoke.

Platform 2 is a bay platform and has very little planned use, however it is periodically used when late running Great Western and Southern services are terminated short of destination or during engineering works. It was formerly the main up platform, before the stone arched bridge over the A27 immediately south of the station was replaced, and the opportunity taken to ease the radius of the curve from Portsmouth by aligning the route into the current platform 1.

Platform 3 is the down platform for services towards Portsmouth Harbour, Brighton and London Victoria. The bay platform for services to Alton via the closed Meon Valley Line was on the opposite (car park) side of this platform, a short siding is all that remains at the north end of platform 3.

A 1910 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Fareham railway station

Services[edit]

Fareham station has regular services to London Waterloo, London Victoria (via Gatwick Airport), Brighton, Portsmouth Harbour, and Southampton Central. There are also long-distance services to Cardiff Central via Bristol Temple Meads.

The typical off-peak service is:

  • South Western Railway
    • 1tph (train per hour) to London Waterloo via Eastleigh
    • 1tph to Southampton Central
    • 2tph to Portsmouth & Southsea with 1 tph continuing to Portsmouth Harbour

South Western Railway offer a roughly half hourly service to Portchester, Cosham, Hilsea, Fratton & Portsmouth and Southsea throughout the day from approximately 06:00 till 23:30.

  • Southern
    • 1tph to London Victoria
    • 1tph to Brighton
    • 2tph to Southampton Central
  • Great Western Railway
    • 1tph to Portsmouth Harbour
    • 1tph to Cardiff Central


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Portchester or Terminus   South Western Railway
Portsmouth Harbour-Southampton Central
  Swanwick
  South Western Railway
Portsmouth Harbour-London Waterloo (via Basingstoke)
  Botley
Portchester or Cosham   Southern
Brighton-Southampton Central
  Swanwick or Eastleigh
  Southern
London Victoria-Southampton (via Horsham)
 
Cosham or Fratton in the late evening   Great Western Railway
Brighton / Portsmouth Harbour - Cardiff Central
  Southampton Central or Botley in the late evening
  Great Western Railway
Brighton - Great Malvern
 
Disused railways
Fort Brockhurst   Meon Valley Line and Fareham to Gosport Line
LSWR
  Knowle Halt

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°51′11″N 1°11′31″W / 50.852934°N 1.191898°W / 50.852934; -1.191898