St Denys railway station

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St Denys National Rail
St Denys station platforms
PlaceSt Denys
Local authorityCity of Southampton
Coordinates50°55′19″N 1°23′17″W / 50.9220°N 1.3880°W / 50.9220; -1.3880Coordinates: 50°55′19″N 1°23′17″W / 50.9220°N 1.3880°W / 50.9220; -1.3880
Grid referenceSU431138
Station codeSDN
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms4
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.289 million
2014/15Increase 0.298 million
2015/16Increase 0.318 million
2016/17Decrease 0.306 million
2017/18Decrease 0.293 million
– Interchange Increase 62,729
Original companyLondon and South Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
1 May 1861First station opened as Portswood
5 March 1866Station relocated
1 January 1876Renamed St Denys
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St Denys from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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St Denys railway station serves the St Denys and Portswood suburbs of Southampton in Hampshire, England. It is 77 miles 10 chains (124.1 km) down the line from London Waterloo.

Built in 1865, the station is named after the surrounding area, which in turn is named after the Priory of St Denys, a major landmark in medieval Southampton.

Services run hourly to Portsmouth & Southsea and Southampton. These are operated by South Western Railway using Class 450s.[1] Also, there are hourly services between Salisbury and Romsey via Southampton and Eastleigh, using Class 158s.[2] There are also some peak time services to London and occasional services towards Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth operated by South Western Railway.

The station is at the site of the junction between the London to Weymouth mainline and the West Coastway Line running between Southampton and Portsmouth. It is currently served mainly by South Western Railway, with irregular services operated by Southern. There are four platforms; two on the main line and two on the branch line.


St Denys station building (now in private ownership)

The original station was opened by the London and South Western Railway on 1 May 1861 and named Portswood after the small village to the west of the main line. Shortly after, to accommodate the Portsmouth branch line, a new station building was built 0.25 miles (0.40 km) to the south; the relocated station was opened on 5 March 1866. However to avoid confusion with Portsmouth, the station was renamed to St Denys on 1 January 1876.[3]

The station buildings themselves are fine examples of Victorian architecture. The original station building on platform 1 is listed, although it is now privately owned. Platforms 2 and 3 house the waiting room and ticket window, whilst the old station buildings on platform 4 house The Solent Model Railway Group,[4][5] a local organisation.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In August 1939, a train overran signals and was derailed by trap points. The accident caused a set of points to move, diverting an approaching boat train. This averted a more serious accident, as wreckage was foul of the route the boat train should have taken.[6]
  • On 14 August 1940, a passenger train hauled by Lord Nelson class locomotive 860 Lord Hawke was derailed due to enemy action. A bomb fell on the line ahead of the train, which was unable to stop in time.[6]
  • On 29 October 1959, a passenger train overran signals and was derailed by trap points.[6][7]
  • On 12 December 1960, a passenger train overran signals and was derailed. Two people were injured.[6]


  1. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 165 (Network Rail)
  2. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 158 (Network Rail)
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Sparkford, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 190, 203. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ Solent Model Railway Group Accessed 26 April 2018
  5. ^ Solent Model Railway Contact Details Accessed 26 April 2018
  6. ^ a b c d Bishop, Bill (1984). Off the Rails. Southampton: Kingfisher. pp. 21, 53–55. ISBN 0 946184 06 2.
  7. ^ Trevena, Arthur (1981). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 2. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 42. ISBN 0-906899 03 6.

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