Rowlands Castle railway station
|Local authority||East Hampshire|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1 January 1859|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rowlands Castle from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Rowlands Castle railway station serves the village of Rowland's Castle, Hampshire, England. It is located on the Portsmouth Direct Line, 63 miles 18 chains (101.8 km) down the line from London Waterloo via Woking.
The station has two tracks, and two platforms, and the standard service is hourly to both Portsmouth and Waterloo.
The station was once one of three between Petersfield and Havant, but is the only one to have enjoyed a regular service. Havant New, to the south, was a temporary station built during an inter-company dispute - the Battle of Havant; Woodcroft Halt, to the north, was open for a few years round World War 2, mainly for service personnel.
Formerly there were goods and coal sidings trailing off the Up Line at the Petersfield end of the station. There was only one crossover between the two running lines, which meant that goods trains that arrived from the Petersfield direction (usually on the 0450 Goods Woking to Rowland's Castle) had to "set-back" into the headshunt and "fly shunt" (i.e. run off) wagons into the sidings rather than propelling them. This was a skilled movement and not normally permitted by the Rule Book. There was also a siding trailing off the up line, Havant side of the station, serving a brickworks adjacent to the remains of the Castle.
The station is staffed from 6:30 - 9:30 in the morning. At all other times, people are served by ticket machines.
As of May 2019, the current off-peak service in trains per hour is:
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Petersfield||South Western Railway
Portsmouth Direct Line
Line open, station closed
Portsmouth Direct Line
Line and station open
A 1910 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Rowlands Castle railway station