Weymouth railway station

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Weymouth National Rail
Weymouth station forecourt 2009.jpg
Location
Place Weymouth
Local authority Borough of Weymouth and Portland
Coordinates 50°36′58″N 2°27′18″W / 50.616°N 2.455°W / 50.616; -2.455Coordinates: 50°36′58″N 2°27′18″W / 50.616°N 2.455°W / 50.616; -2.455
Grid reference SY679797
Operations
Station code WEY
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 3
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 0.798 million
2011/12 Increase 0.799 million
2012/13 Increase 0.817 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.773 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.756 million
History
Original company Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
20 January 1857 (1857-01-20) Opened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Weymouth from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
Express to Waterloo in 1960

Weymouth railway station is the main railway station serving the town of Weymouth, Dorset, England (the other station being Upwey railway station which is located north of the town centre). The station is the terminus of both the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo and the Heart of Wessex Line from Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester.

History[edit]

The Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway, which was authorised in 1845, was built in stages (during which the company was absorbed in 1850 by the Great Western Railway).[1][2] Two of the last sections, from Yeovil Pen Mill to Weymouth and a connecting curve from that line to the Dorchester station of the London and South Western Railway (LSWR), were opened on 20 January 1857.[3] The LSWR was granted running powers from Dorchester to Weymouth,[4] where some of the platforms were dedicated for LSWR use; these powers were exercised from the opening day.[3][5] The station was named Weymouth, although some timetables showed it as Weymouth Town.[6] Branches to Portland and Weymouth Quay (both opened in 1865) ran from Weymouth Junction, just north of the station.[7]

The original station buildings were designed by TH Bertram and constructed in timber with a glazed overall roof across the tracks; this was removed after WW2. By the turn of the century the station area comprised five platforms, a large goods yard, and a small LSWR engine shed; the GWR had a larger shed situated north of the station. Nearby, Melcombe Regis served Portland passenger trains until 1952 and provided an overflow platform for excursion trains on busy summer weekends until 1959.

After the Second World War, the station saw rapid growth in holiday and Channel Islands traffic. As a result, the station underwent a major expansion in the late 1950s, gaining two lengthy excursion platforms (which now serve today's station), additional sidings adjacent to Jubilee Gardens, and a new signal box to replace two older boxes. However traffic soon declined and the station was progressively rationalised after the end of steam-hauled operations in 1967 with the goods yard closing in 1972 and the signal box and most of the remaining sidings being taken out of use in 1987. Although the current station is a mere shadow of its former self, the extension of third-rail electrification from Bournemouth in 1988 has given the station much improved services to London.

The current station building was formally opened on 3 July 1986; in its final years, the old Weymouth station was far too big for the traffic it was handling.

Services[edit]

A train to London Waterloo waits for departure

South West Trains operates a twice-hourly service to London Waterloo via Basingstoke.[8] Great Western Railway operate services every two hours via Westbury to Bristol Temple Meads and points north (e.g. Bristol Parkway & Gloucester).[9] There is an additional service running once or twice on a Saturday to London Waterloo via Salisbury operating from late May to early September each year.

On Sundays there is an hourly service to Waterloo and a limited service (three all year plus an extra pair in summer) to Bristol.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Upwey   South West Trains
London Waterloo to Weymouth via Southampton
  Terminus
  South West Trains
London Waterloo to Weymouth via Yeovil
(Summer Saturdays Only)
 
  Great Western Railway
Heart of Wessex Line
 
Dorchester West   Great Western Railway
Weymouth Wizard
(Summer Saturdays Only)
  Terminus
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Weymouth Harbour Tramway
  Weymouth Quay
Terminus   GWR and LSWR
Portland Branch Railway
  Melcombe Regis
Historical railways
Radipole
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
  Terminus

Weymouth Quay[edit]

Weymouth Quay railway station is a disused terminus in the town. Its passenger station was used solely for trains connecting with cross-channel ferries, which have not run since 1987, though the line remains part of the network and the station, in theory, still open. Its use had been suggested as part of the transport infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic sailing events to take place on the Isle of Portland, though since it is accessed via the Weymouth Harbour Branch, which runs along public streets, this posed difficulties. Previously, the branch saw both freight and passenger traffic, most recently fuel-oil trains.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ James 1983, p. 55.
  2. ^ MacDermot 1927, pp. 278, 280, 285–7, 395.
  3. ^ a b MacDermot 1927, p. 413.
  4. ^ MacDermot 1927, p. 396.
  5. ^ Williams 1968, p. 65.
  6. ^ Butt 1995, p. 247.
  7. ^ a b Catford, Nick (30 July 2013). "Weymouth Quay". Disused Stations. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  8. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 158
  9. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 123

References[edit]

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  • James, Leslie (November 1983). A Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways 1778-1855. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1277-6. BE/1183. 
  • MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833-1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. 
  • Williams, R.A. (1968). The London & South Western Railway, volume 1: The Formative Years. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-4188-X. 
This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path ¼ mile (500 metres)
Next station anticlockwise Swanage 48 miles (77 km)
Next station clockwise Exmouth 76 miles (122 km)