Christchurch (Dorset) railway station
The Main Entrance to the Station
|Local authority||Borough of Christchurch|
|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
|30 May 1886||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Christchurch from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Christchurch railway station is a station serving the town of Christchurch in Dorset (formerly Hampshire) in England. The station is on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line operated by South West Trains.
Between 1862 and 1886, Christchurch station was sited elsewhere to the east of Fairmile Road in Christchurch - see Christchurch original railway station. Until 1935 the current station also serviced the line from Ringwood - see Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway. The line was electrified in 1967 when faster more frequent services were introduced.
Although passed by the faster trains to Bournemouth it has an hourly semi-fast and stopping services from Waterloo, usually formed by a class 444 Desiro electric multiple unit. This gives a journey time of about two hours from London. As well as Christchurch, the station is useful for reaching eastern parts of Bournemouth. The majority of services were previously operated by class 442 Wessex Electrics which were withdrawn in February 2007.
The station is able to accommodate trains of up to eight coaches, longer trains only open the doors in the first five or eight coaches depending on the type of unit operating the service.
Road access to the station is from the northern end of Stour Road, near to the junction with Bargates coming from the town centre, at the end of Fairmile coming from the direction of Bournemouth International Airport and the Wessex Way. (A fairly steep bridge over the railway marks the point where Fairmile and Bargates, one straight road, meet.)
Bus services are available from Stour Road, adjacent to the station, with the 1b and 1c going through to Poole in the westbound direction and Christchurch and Somerford eastbound. Slightly over the road in Bargates the 24 goes through to Burton eastbound and Christchurch and Bournemouth Hospitals via Boscombe to Bournemouth and Alum Chine. This is current as of December 2015.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|New Milton||South West Trains
London-Weymouth semi-fast services
|Hinton Admiral||South West Trains
London-Poole stopping services
Line and station closed
Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway
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