Totton railway station
|Local authority||District of New Forest|
|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*|
|Original company||Southampton and Dorchester Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
|1859||Station opened as Eling Junction|
|April 1859||Renamed Totton for Eling|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Totton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Totton railway station serves the community of Totton, west of Southampton, England and is a station on the South Western Main Line. It is 82 miles 43 chains (132.8 km) down the line from London Waterloo. It is managed by South Western Railway who also operate the only services to stop at the station.
The station was constructed by the London and South Western Railway and opened in 1859 as Eling Junction, after the name of the junction with the Eling Tramway branch located adjacent to the station. It was renamed in later the same year as Totton after the growing community surrounding the station.
The station passed into the ownership of the Southern Railway following the passing of the Railways Act 1921 and the subsequent grouping. It became the junction station for the Fawley Branch Line which opened in 1925. Following nationalisation of the railways in 1948, the station became part of British Railways' Southern region, and is now owned by Network Rail, and operated by South Western Railway.
The station has few facilities, with a ticket office only open during weekday morning peak hours. Access to the station is available from both the north and south sides of the station with a footbridge available to cross the track. The station entrances and the footbridge are located at the extreme east end of the platforms; there are no ticket gates present on the station meaning the footbridge is accessible to any pedestrian wishing to cross the line.
The station consists of two platforms:
- Platform 1, located on the north side of the station, for trains heading east towards Southampton and London. Geographically the next station is Redbridge. However, there are no direct trains from Totton to Redbridge so the next station for trains departing from Totton is Southampton Central.
- Platform 2, located on the south side of the station, for trains heading west towards Brockenhurst, Bournemouth and Weymouth, with the next station being Ashurst (New Forest).
The station has a waiting room, located within the station building on Platform 1, but is only available for use during the weekday morning peak time when the station staff are available. In addition a covered awning provides shelter on Platform 1 and a small shelter has been installed on Platform 2. There are cycle shelters located on Platform 1.
Platform 2 is inaccessible to wheelchair users due to steps being present both on the footbridge and to reach the platform from the south entrance to the station. This has in the past resulted in passengers travelling to Southampton Central, where they can change trains.
The station is served by an hourly, off-peak service in the form of the stopping service between London Waterloo and Poole. At peak times, this is increased to a half hourly service between London Waterloo and Weymouth. On Sundays, the off-peak timetable is used.
Previously, the station was the terminus of a local service that ran from Totton to Romsey via a 'horseshoe' shaped route through Southampton Central and Chandler's Ford. This was changed on 9 December 2007, following the new franchise, to a 'six shaped' route from Salisbury to Romsey via Southampton Central and Chandler's Ford.
The now freight-only Fawley Branch Line leaves the main line a short distance west of the station. The line has been identified as a priority for reopening to passenger use by Campaign for Better Transport. 
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Southampton Central||South Western Railway
London Waterloo - Poole stopping services
|Ashurst (New Forest)|
Fawley Branch Line
The station is also served by two bus services that stop on Commercial Road, to the north of the station. These services are:
- Bluestar 6 to Lyndhurst and Lymington and to Southampton in the opposite direction.
- Bluestar 8 to Marchwood and Hythe and to Southampton in the opposite direction.
- Bluestar 11 to West Totton and to Southampton in the opposite direction.
- Bluestar 12 to Calmore and to Southampton in the opposite direction.
- Salisbury Reds X7 to Salisbury and to Southampton in the opposite direction.
Additional bus services stop in the Town centre nearby.
Totton railway station is located approximately half a kilometer away from the town centre of Totton resulting in an location isolated and overlooked from the rest of the town. In the summer of 2015, improvements were made across the town and at the station to link the station up with the rest of the town by providing better quality lighting and roads and directional signage towards the station in the town centre.
- Mitchell V, Smith K (1987). South Coast Railways - Southampton to Bournemouth.
- Totton Railway Station Travel Plan, Hampshire County Council, 2013, accessed 21 August 2015, p.15.
- Totton Railway Station Travel Plan, Hampshire County Council, 2013, accessed 21 August 2015, pp.19-20.
- GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 158 (Network Rail)
- "Timetable changes for December". South West Trains. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "Reopen these rail lines and put 500,000 people in reach of the railways". Campaign for Better Transport.
- Totton Railway Station Travel Plan, Hampshire County Council, 2013, accessed 21 August 2015, p.24.
- Totton Railway station improvements, Hampshire County Council, accessed 21 August 2015.