Romsey railway station

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Coordinates: 50°59′34″N 1°29′36″W / 50.9927°N 1.4933°W / 50.9927; -1.4933

Romsey National Rail
2015 at Romsey station - main station forecourt.JPG
Location
Place Romsey
Local authority Test Valley
Grid reference SU356216
Operations
Station code ROM
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.339 million
2005/06 Increase 0.349 million
2006/07 Increase 0.371 million
2007/08 Increase 0.398 million
2008/09 Increase 0.426 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.413 million
2010/11 Increase 0.428 million
2011/12 Increase 0.450 million
2012/13 Increase 0.459 million
2013/14 Increase 0.477 million
History
Key dates Opened 1 March 1847 (1 March 1847)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Romsey from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Romsey railway station is a railway station serving the town of Romsey in the county of Hampshire in England. It is located on the Wessex Main Line and is the junction station for the Eastleigh to Romsey Line. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]

History[edit]

The station was built by the LSWR and opened on 9 March 1847 on their line from Eastleigh to Salisbury. It became a junction in 1865 when the Andover & Redbridge Railway (also known as the Sprat and Winkle Line) was opened - this joined the earlier route just east of the station before diverging again at Kimbridge Junction a short distance to the north en route to Andover. The subway connecting the two platforms was added in 1887.

The Andover line fell victim to the Beeching Axe in September 1964,[2] whilst the Eastleigh route closed to passengers in May 1969 - however it remained open for freight traffic and as a useful diversionary route; it eventually regained a regular passenger service in May 2003.

Services[edit]

A South West Trains service to Southampton via Chandlers Ford

The station is managed by First Great Western, which runs services southeastward to Southampton Central, Portsmouth Harbour, and Brighton, and northwestward to Salisbury, Bristol Temple Meads, and Cardiff Central. South West Trains also operates a "figure of six" service running from Salisbury to Romsey and Southampton via Redbridge, then to Eastleigh and back to Romsey via Chandlers Ford.

There was a rail-link bus operated on behalf of South West Trains by parent company Stagecoach Group, this was numbered as the X66 and linked the station with Winchester railway station via Ampfield. The service ceased on 28 July 2008 when South West Trains withdrew its subsidy citing lack of use despite a protest group having formed and collecting a petition of over 1,000 signatures to oppose the closure.[3] Stagecoach continue to operate 2 of the morning peak services which were profitable alongside the existing hourly non rail link services.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Chandlers Ford   South West Trains
Eastleigh to Romsey Line
  Terminus
Mottisfont & Dunbridge   South West Trains
Wessex Main Line
  Redbridge
Salisbury   First Great Western
Wessex Main Line
  Southampton Central
Historical railways
Nursling   London & South Western Railway
Andover and Redbridge railway
  Mottisfont

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-491989-romsey-railway-station-romsey-hampshire
  2. ^ Body, G (1984). Railways of the Southern Region. Cambridge: Patrick Stevens Ltd. p. 135. ISBN 0-85059-664-5. 
  3. ^ "1,000 sign petition to save rail station bus link". Southern Daily Echo (Newsquest). 25 October 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  4. ^ "Rail company withdraws link". Romsey Advertiser (Newsquest). Retrieved 2010-01-03. 

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