Knowle Halt railway station

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Knowle Halt Railway Station
Business Unit next to railway line at Knowle - geograph.org.uk - 458231.jpg
Site of former Knowle Halt
Location
Place Knowle
Area Winchester City Council
Coordinates 50°52′55″N 1°12′29″W / 50.882°N 1.208°W / 50.882; -1.208Coordinates: 50°52′55″N 1°12′29″W / 50.882°N 1.208°W / 50.882; -1.208
Grid reference SU558095
Operations
Pre-grouping London & South Western Railway (1907-1923)
Post-grouping Southern Railway (1923 to 1948)
Southern Region of British Railways (from 1948)
Platforms One
History
1 May 1907 Opened
6 April 1964 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Knowle Halt was a railway station in the county of Hampshire in England. It was served by trains on the Eastleigh to Fareham and Meon Valley lines.[1] The station opened in 1907 and closed in 1964.

History[edit]

Opening[edit]

The station was opened on 1 May 1907[2] by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) to serve Knowle Hospital, then known as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. Opened as Knowle Asylum Halt, its name was changed to Knowle Platform and then, from 1942, to Knowle Halt.

Facilities[edit]

From the beginning, this simple halt was fitted with electric lights, powered from the nearby hospital's generators. This made it one of the first rural stations in Hampshire to have electric lighting.

Closure[edit]

The station was originally closed on 12 August 1963, but was re-opened the following day due to objections from trade unions. The halt finally closed on 6 April 1964.[3]

The site today[edit]

The concrete supports of the former platform still exist alongside the now single track of the Eastleigh to Fareham Line. Due to the provision of much new housing on and around the former hospital site, on the outskirts of Fareham, it has been suggested that the station should be considered for reopening. In February 2017 it was reported that Network Rail had recently met with Fareham Borough Council to discuss various options for connecting the new Welborne development to the existing railway network, and had offered to work with the council to look at providing a new station at the site.[4]

Route[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Wickham
Line and station closed
  British Rail
Southern Region

Meon Valley Railway line
  Fareham
Line and station open

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oppitz, L (1988). Hampshire railways remembered. Newbury: Countryside. ISBN 1-85306-020-8. 
  2. ^ 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. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  3. ^ Stone, R.A (1983). The Meon Valley Railway. Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing. ISBN 978-1-870754-36-1. 
  4. ^ Percival, Richard (2017-02-21). "New village development near Fareham in line to receive Hampshire's first new rail station in 25 years". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 

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