Fratton railway station
|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Number of platforms||3|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway|
|1 July 1885||Opened (Fratton)|
|4 July 1905||Renamed (Fratton and Southsea)|
|1 December 1921||Renamed (Fratton)|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Fratton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Normally, platforms 2 and 3 serve Portsmouth & Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour, with platform 1 serving all other destinations. Platforms 2 and 3 are also signalled to allow northbound passenger departures.
The railway line through Fratton was planned by the Brighton and Chichester Railway as part of the Chichester to Portsmouth Branch Railway, approved in 1845. The line was completed in 1847, the Brighton and Chichester railway merging with several other companies to form the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway in 1846, who went on to operate the line. Fratton was once the junction for the Southsea Railway which closed in 1914.
After the Motive power depot closed in the late 1950s, some former sidings were used during the withdrawal of the South West Trains greyhound fleet around 2003. The same sidings were then used in 2007 and in 2009 for freight trials, this involved DB Schenker Rail (UK) hauling small container trains to and from eastleigh. The Idea was abandoned in 2010 due to running costs.
Portsmouth Area Resignalling (PARS)
The Portsmouth Area Resignalling project was instigated in late 2006, aiming to improve the flexibility of the track layout in the Fratton area. Platform 1 became the Up Main, Platform 3 became the Down Main with Platform 2 as a bidirectional through platform (although the main function of platform 2 is down line trains). Prior to the project, trains could not reverse south to north at Fratton in service.
The work, scheduled by Network Rail to take place between 23 December 2006 and 4 February 2007, was subject to a massive overrun. The works were first extended six weeks into mid-March 2007 but in late February it became obvious that there were major problems with the new equipment being installed by the contractor Siemens AG.
Until 1 April 2007 there were only three trains per hour between Fratton and Portsmouth Harbour with the remaining services terminating at Fratton and passengers using a replacement bus service. After 2 April 2007 there were five trains per hour running between Fratton and Portsmouth - three South West Trains services, one Southern service and one First Great Western service with some services still terminating at Fratton with passengers forced to change to continue their journey. The "six-week project" was eventually completed in October 2007 - some ten months after it started.
New DDA compliant footbridge planned
A new footbridge is now operational, linking the island platform (platforms 2 and 3) with the Up Main platform (1). This has stairs and lifts to allow disabled users full access to all trains, with lifts designed for easy wheelchair use.
Motive power depots
The London Brighton and South Coast Railway and the London and South Western Railway jointly built a motive power depot at Fratton in 1891, replacing an earlier one at Portsmouth Town station. It was of the double roundhouse type. It came under the ownership of Southern Railway (Great Britain) in 1923 and British Railways in 1948. This building was badly damaged by bombs during the Second World War but repaired in 1948. It closed 2 November 1959, but the building continued to be used for stabling locomotives for several years. They were demolished in 1969. Fratton Traction Maintenance Depot, operated by South West Trains now occupies part of the site.
- Monday to Saturday (off peak services)
- South West Trains
- 4tph to London Waterloo, of which three run via Guildford and one runs via Eastleigh and Basingstoke
- 3tph to Portsmouth Harbour
- 2tph to Portsmouth & Southsea
- 1tph to Southampton Central
- 1tph to London Victoria via Horsham
- 1tph to Littlehampton
- 1tph to Brighton
- 2tph to Portsmouth Harbour
- 1tph to Portsmouth & Southsea
- First Great Western
- 1tph to Cardiff Central
- 1t a day to Brighton
- 1tph to Portsmouth Harbour
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 100. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
- "Hampshire County Council - Railways of Hampshire". 29 January 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
- Rail repairs overrun indefinitely BBC, 28 February 2007, 12:51 GMT
- Chris Hawkins and George Reeve, An historical survey of Southern sheds, Oxford: OPC, 1979, pp.38-9.
Rail Atlas Great Britain & Ireland, S.K. Baker ISBN 0-86093-553-1