Upwey (Dorset) railway station

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Upwey National Rail
Place Upwey
Local authority Borough of Weymouth and Portland
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Grid reference SY671832
Station code UPW
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   30,936
2004/05 Decrease 27,882
2005/06 Increase 27,909
2006/07 Increase 33,744
2007/08 Increase 35,089
2008/09 Increase 41,444
2009/10 Decrease 39,592
2010/11 Increase 47,010
2011/12 Increase 49,522
2012/13 Decrease 47,614
2013/14 Increase 49,414
2014/15 Decrease 47,936
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
19 April 1886 (1886-04-19) Opened as Upwey Junction
1952 Abbotsbury branch closed
1 December 1952 Renamed Upwey and Broadwey
12 May 1980 Renamed Upwey
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* 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.
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Upwey railway station is a railway station serving the urban areas of Broadwey, Upwey and Littlemoor which are northern suburbs of Weymouth, England. The station is situated on both the London Waterloo-Weymouth and the Bristol-Weymouth routes and is often used by passengers to change between the two.


The first station near this location, simply named Upwey, was opened in 1871 by the Great Western Railway (GWR).[1] 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,[1] and took its current name, Upwey, on 12 May 1980.[1]

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,[2] 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.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Broadwey   Great Western Railway
Abbotsbury Branch
Upwey Wishing Well Halt   Great Western Railway
London Paddington-Weymouth
  London and South Western Railway
London Waterloo-Weymouth


File:Upwey - SWT 444034.jpg
A South West Trains' service to London Waterloo

South West Trains operate services between London Waterloo station and Weymouth via Basingstoke, Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole. Services are operated almost exclusively by the Desiro units.

Great Western Railway operate services between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth via Bath Spa, Westbury and Yeovil Pen Mill. Some services originate from Westbury, with passengers having to change to reach Bristol. Services are operated by Class 150, Class 153 or Class 158 diesel multiple units. In past years on summer Saturdays, Class 31 locomotives and Mk.2 coaching stock have been hired from FM Rail to cater for extra passengers and holiday makers, but the demise of the charter company has seen this operation cease, at least for the time being.[citation needed]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dorchester South   South West Trains
London Waterloo-Weymouth
Dorchester West   Great Western Railway


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  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>