Upwey railway station (England)
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|Local authority||Borough of Weymouth and Portland|
|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||Great Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|19 April 1886||Opened as Upwey Junction|
|1952||Abbotsbury branch closed|
|1 December 1952||Renamed Upwey & Broadwey|
|12 May 1980||Renamed Upwey|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Upwey from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Upwey railway station serves the urban areas of Broadwey, Upwey and Littlemoor which are northern suburbs of Weymouth, Dorset, England. The station is situated on the South Western Main Line, 140 miles 31 chains (225.9 km) from London Waterloo, and on the Heart of Wessex Line.
The first station near this location, simply named Upwey, was opened in 1871 by the Great Western Railway (GWR). On 19 April 1886 that station was replaced by the current station, then named Upwey Junction, a railway junction that opened south of the original station to provide access to the single track Abbotsbury branch. The branch was absorbed into the GWR and survived for 66 years before closure under British Railways in 1952. On the closure of the branch Upwey Junction was renamed Upwey and Broadwey on 1 December 1952, and took its current name, Upwey, on 12 May 1980.
During the Network SouthEast era, the station was refurbished with the trademark red lighting poles, station benches and monitor screens for train arrivals. Rubble from the rebuilt Weymouth station was used to fill in the former Abbotsbury platform for use as a car park. This was done in time for the extension of electrification from Bournemouth to Weymouth in 1988.
Two further stations had Upwey in their name. To the north of Upwey Junction existed a halt called Upwey Wishing Well Halt, while around the bend on the Abbotsbury branch was a station which had originally been called Broadwey. However its name was changed to Upwey as it kept being confused with Broadway, Worcestershire, also on the Great Western Railway.
Thomas Hardy wrote a poem At the Railway Station, Upway, about waiting for a train at a country station. In the days of steam, a favourite excursion was from Weymouth to Upwey, and then on to tea at the Upwey Wishing Well by charabanc.
Accidents and incidents
- On 24 January 2013, a passenger train caught fire at Upwey.
|Preceding station||Historical railways||Following station|
|Broadwey||Great Western Railway
|Upwey Wishing Well Halt||Great Western Railway
|London and South Western Railway
South Western Railway operate half-hourly services between London Waterloo and Weymouth via Southampton Central. South Western Railway run an additional service running once to twice on a Saturday between Weymouth and London Waterloo via Yeovil operating from late May to early September each year.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Dorchester South||South Western Railway
London Waterloo to Weymouth via Southampton
|Dorchester West||South Western Railway
London Waterloo to Weymouth via Yeovil Junction
(Summer Saturdays Only)
|Great Western Railway
Heart of Wessex Line
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- Butt 1995, p. 238.
- Hardy, Thomas. "At the Railway Station, Upway". Read Books Online. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- "Weymouth rail services delayed by fire under train". BBC News Online. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
- Table 158 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- Table 123 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- J.H. Lucking (1968). Railways of Dorset. Railway Correspondence and travel Society.
- Brian L. Jackson (1989). The Abbotsbury Branch. Wild Swan Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-906867-80-0.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.