Pokesdown railway station

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Pokesdown National Rail
Pokesdown - Bournemouth-bound train at the station.jpg
Pokesdown station platforms looking southwards (towards Bournemouth), 22 February 2014
Local authorityBorough of Bournemouth
Grid referenceSZ124924
Station codePOK
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.315 million
2015/16Increase 0.319 million
2016/17Increase 0.323 million
2017/18Increase 0.343 million
2018/19Increase 0.345 million
Original companyLondon and South Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
1 July 1886Opened as Boscombe
1 October 1891Renamed Pokesdown (Boscombe)
1 May 1897Renamed Pokesdown
1930Renamed Pokesdown for Eastern Bournemouth
?Renamed Pokesdown
National RailUK railway stations
  • Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pokesdown from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Pokesdown railway station serves the Pokesdown, Boscombe and Southbourne areas of Bournemouth in Dorset, England. It is on the South Western Main Line, 106 miles 24 chains (171.1 km) down the line from London Waterloo.

The station is served by South Western Railway, who operate semi-fast services from London Waterloo to Weymouth and stopping services from London to Poole.

The station[edit]

The station was opened on 1 July 1886 by the London and South Western Railway. It was originally named Boscombe, which was altered on 1 October 1891 to Pokesdown (Boscombe),[1] since the station was closer to Pokesdown than Boscombe. On 1 May 1897,[2] when Boscombe station was opened, the station was renamed again to just "Pokesdown".

In 1930, the station was again renamed, becoming Pokesdown for Eastern Bournemouth, although it reverted to Pokesdown under British Railways.[2] In the 1930s the Southern Railway made the platform facilities considerably larger, allowing the station to accommodate longer trains. Although some facilities have since been removed, at the time they provided an asset for the non-stopping services because there were tracks to use as fast lines in the up and down direction.

During the 1970s two of the four tracks were removed, and the signal box was closed.

On 16 May 2009 the station signage was changed to Pokesdown for Boscombe with announcements at other stations and on trains changed later on but the station remains officially named Pokesdown.[3] The station is a short bus journey or walk from Boscombe's main shopping area.

Some South Western Railway services operated by two four- or five-carriage electric multiple units coupled together cannot be accommodated fully by the platforms and only selected doors open on such trains.

Disabled access[edit]

Lifts are present at Pokesdown station but are now disused albeit with evidence of their former existence still in place.[4][5][6] A campaign involving the local MP Tobias Ellwood which began calling for the restoration of lifts at the station appears to have been successful with the winning bidders for the South Western Franchise, South Western Railway, required to install new lifts by 31 December 2019. However, this date has been pushed back to at least September 2020 because of difficulties accessing the disused lift shafts safely.[7] Until lift access is restored, the only means of access to Pokesdown's platforms is via stairs from the bridge.


The basic Monday-Saturday service frequency at the station is two per hour each way (with weekday peak extras). One of these is the service between Waterloo & Weymouth whilst the other is the local stopping service to/from Poole. On Sundays the Waterloo to Poole stopping trains call hourly in each direction.[8]


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 40. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 187
  3. ^ "National Rail Enquiries - Station facilities for Pokesdown". www.nationalrail.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Make Pokesdown station accessible - Lifts now agreed for Pokesdown station!". Pokesdown Community Forum. Pokesdown Community Forum. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. ^ "National Rail Enquiries - Pokesdown station plan (Bridge)". National Rail Enquiries. Association of Train Companies. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  6. ^ 159james. "Abandoned Aldous & Campbell lift at Pokesdown For Boscombe station". Youtube. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Disused lift shafts at Pokesdown station to be assessed by contractors". Bournemouth Echo. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  8. ^ Table 158 National Rail timetable, May 2016
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Christchurch   South Western Railway
South Western Main Line
  Historical railways  
Christchurch   London and South Western Railway
Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway
line open, station closed

Coordinates: 50°43′52″N 1°49′30″W / 50.731°N 1.825°W / 50.731; -1.825