Sandown railway station

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Sandown National Rail
Sandown Station.jpg
Location
Place Sandown
Local authority Isle of Wight
Grid reference SZ593844
Operations
Station code SAN
Managed by Island Line Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.298 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.273 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.241 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.203 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.194 million
History
Key dates Opened 23 August 1864 (23 August 1864)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sandown from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Sandown railway station is a railway station serving Sandown on the Isle of Wight, England. It is located on the Island Line from Ryde to Shanklin.

History[edit]

Sandown station is a double platform-faced through station. However, from the mid 19th until the mid 20th century it was a junction station, also served by trains to and from Horringford, Merstone, Newport and Cowes. These lines used to be run by separate companies, the Isle of Wight Railway (Ryde-Ventnor) and the Isle of Wight Central Railway (Newport-Sandown).

The adjacent land, which used to be occupied by coal-yards, is now a housing estate and the former Terminus Hotel pub opposite has long been a private house. The line from Ryde to Shanklin was constructed between 1862 and 1864, and opened to passenger traffic on 23 August 1864.[1] The original station building was extended between 1870 and 1871 through the addition of a two-storey extension to act as station offices.[2]

In 1923, with the Grouping, came the formation of the Southern Railway. This brought all the railway services on the island under one management, and considerable modernisation. At first, it did not affect the services offered, but eventually the line from Ryde gained a more frequent service whilst the Merstone line declined. One particular feature of the Merstone line was the School Train, which was subsidised by the local authority, and for a significant time meant that the line remained viable. When the line was closed, children from outlying villages going to the Sandown Schools were then transported by bus, the current situation.

Services[edit]

The present level of service is normally two trains per hour (tph) each way, which must pass at Sandown. However, due to the reduced trackwork at Brading, the frequency does not produce a predictable 30-minute service. Instead, in common with the rest of Island Line, trains run separated by a 20 or 40 minute gap.

This generally means that every hour, trains will pass at Sandown once. A journey from Sandown to Shanklin generally takes 6 minutes (although the published timetable allows 7), with a bus connection to Ventnor adding another 20 minutes. Trains to Ryde take about 10 minutes (to St. John's Road) or just under 20 minutes (to Ryde Pier Head).

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lake   Island Line Trains
Island Line
  Brading
Disused railways
Terminus   British Rail
Southern Region

IoW CR : Sandown to Newport line
  Alverstone

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ R.J. Maycock and R. Silsbury (1999). The Isle of Wight Railway. The Oakwood Press. pp. 25–29. ISBN 0-85361-544-6. 
  2. ^ R.J. Maycock and R. Silsbury (1999). The Isle of Wight Railway. The Oakwood Press. p. 45. ISBN 0-85361-544-6. 

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Coordinates: 50°39′25″N 1°09′43″W / 50.657°N 1.162°W / 50.657; -1.162