Portsmouth Harbour railway station

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Portsmouth Harbour National Rail
Portsmouth Harbour Station.jpg
The station entrance (February 2014)
Location
Place Portsmouth
Local authority Portsmouth
Grid reference SU629000
Operations
Station code PMH
Managed by South Western Railway
Number of platforms 5 (4 in use)
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 2.197 million
2013/14 Increase 2.272 million
2014/15 Decrease 2.206 million
2015/16 Decrease 2.162 million
2016/17 Decrease 2.059 million
History
Key dates Opened 2 October 1876 (2 October 1876)
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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 Portsmouth Harbour from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Portsmouth Harbour railway station is a railway station in Portsmouth, England. It is situated beside Gunwharf Quays in the city's harbour, and is an important transport terminal, with a bus interchange and ferry services to Gosport and the Isle of Wight. The station currently has four platforms in use: numbered 1, 3, 4 and 5. It is managed by South Western Railway. Platform 2 is no longer in use.[when?]

The station is built on a pier made of wood, between the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre and the Historic Dockyard.

History

A 1910 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing railways in the vicinity of Portsmouth Harbour (lower left centre)

The station opened in 1876 as the terminus of Chief Engineers Frederick Banister's Portsmouth Waterside Extension to the Portsmouth Direct Line, which runs between this station and London Waterloo station.[1] It was rebuilt in 1937 when the route was electrified but was almost totally destroyed during World War II by fire after German bombing, then rebuilt after the war.

Accidents and incidents

Services

Railways in the Portsmouth area
West Coastway Line
to Brighton & London Victoria
West Coastway Line
to Southampton Central
Portchester
Havant
Bedhampton
Cosham
Farlington Halt
HMNB Portsmouth
Admiralty Line
Hilsea
Portsmouth & Southsea
Fratton
Portsmouth Harbour
Southsea Railway 1885–1914
Gosport Ferry to Gosport
Wightlink to Ryde Pier Head
Jessie Road Bridge Halt
Albert Road Bridge Halt
East Southsea

The station is served by a number of train operators. South Western Railway operate two services to London Waterloo on the Portsmouth Direct Line (via Guildford) and the other route to London Waterloo is via Fareham, Winchester and Basingstoke. They also operate local trains to Southampton Central.

There are train services along the West Coastway route, operated by Southern to Brighton, Littlehampton, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon and London Victoria. Great Western Railway operate trains via Southampton, Salisbury and Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central, via the Wessex Main Line.

The ferry from Portsmouth Harbour Station to Ryde on the Isle of Wight is operated by Wightlink. National Rail tickets between the Isle of Wight and stations on Great Britain include travel on the ferry.

The trains are as follows:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Portsmouth
& Southsea
  South Western Railway
Portsmouth Direct Line
  Terminus
Portsmouth
& Southsea
  Southern
West Coastway Line
  Terminus
Portsmouth
& Southsea
  Great Western Railway
Portsmouth Harbour-Cardiff Central
  Terminus
  Domestic Ferry services  
Terminus   Wightlink
ferry
  Fishbourne
Terminus   Wightlink
high-speed catamaran
  Ryde Pier Head
Terminus   Gosport Ferry
Passenger ferry
  Gosport
Terminus   Condor Ferries
Channel Island Ferry
  Jersey
    Guernsey
  International Ferry services  
Terminus   Brittany Ferries
France ferry
  Caen
    Le Havre
    Saint-Malo
Terminus   Brittany Ferries
Spain ferry
  Bilbao
    Santander
Terminus   Brittany Ferries
high-speed catamaran
  Cherbourg

Previous services

The station was once served by Virgin Trains as part of their Cross Country Route with services to and from Liverpool and Manchester, using an InterCity 125 set. However this service ceased around 2002 when the Class 220 Voyagers and Class 221 Super Voyagers were introduced.

The station was also served by Wessex Trains with one train a day to and from Penzance, as well as the services that are now run by their successor First Great Western.

Future

With the award of the South West Region franchise to South Western Railway in 2017, Portsmouth City Council announced the intention to "spruce up" the station as part of a £90 Million investment by the new operating company. Potential improvements could include a direct walking route in to the Gunwharf Quays shopping complex.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2005. Retrieved 7 April 2006. 
  2. ^ Bishop, Bill (1988). Off the rails. London: Bracken Books. p. 13. ISBN 1 85170 2083. 
  3. ^ "Portsmouth Harbour railway station targeted for improvements as part of £90m package". Portsmouth.co.uk. Portsmouth News. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 

External links

  • Train times and station information for Portsmouth Harbour railway station from National Rail

Coordinates: 50°47′50″N 1°06′25″W / 50.79714°N 1.107044°W / 50.79714; -1.107044

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