Brockenhurst railway station

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Brockenhurst Railway Station.jpg
Brockenhurst station
LocationBrockenhurst, District of New Forest
Coordinates50°48′59″N 1°34′26″W / 50.8164°N 1.5739°W / 50.8164; -1.5739Coordinates: 50°48′59″N 1°34′26″W / 50.8164°N 1.5739°W / 50.8164; -1.5739
Grid referenceSU301019
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Other information
Station codeBCU
ClassificationDfT category C2
Original companySouthampton and Dorchester Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
1 June 1847Opened
2015/16Increase 1.094 million
 Interchange Increase 0.278 million
2016/17Decrease 0.959 million
 Interchange Increase 0.296 million
2017/18Increase 1.086 million
 Interchange Increase 0.319 million
2018/19Decrease 1.073 million
 Interchange Increase 0.321 million
2019/20Decrease 1.003 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.273 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Brockenhurst railway station serves the village of Brockenhurst in Hampshire, England. It is located on the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth. It is also the junction of the Lymington Branch Line with the main line. It is 92 miles 66 chains (149.4 km) down the line from Waterloo. It is managed and served by South Western Railway and it is also served by CrossCountry trains

The station was winner of the 2009 National Rail Award for best medium-sized station, with the judges stating they "were impressed by the standard of customer service, station presentation, initiative and innovation they observed, all of which ensure that the station provides a smooth, efficient and pleasant departure and arrival point for the travelling customer".[1][2] The station was also winner of a National Cycling Award, for a system which informs passengers of where cycle spaces are on approaching trains, allowing them to speed boarding, and partnerships with local bike-hire firms.[3]


Brockenhurst station was opened on 1 June 1847 as part of the Southampton and Dorchester Railway (nicknamed the Castleman's Corkscrew) with services running to Southampton in one direction and Dorchester via Ringwood and Wimborne Minster the other.[4] The following year, the railway was amalgamated with the London and South Western Railway. On 12 July 1858 the Lymington Branch Line opened, beginning shuttle services between the station and Lymington, turning the station into a junction station and leading to its name being changed between 1876 and 1888 to Brockenhurst Junction to emphasise this.[5]

On 5 March 1888 the direct line from Brockenhurst via Sway to Bournemouth and Poole and bypassing the longer 'Corkscrew', opened to traffic. This massively increased the number of trains passing through the station for both routes and enhancing its status as an interchange, especially after the downgrading of the 'corkscrew' in 1893 to that of a branch line.[6] Brockenhurst station, along with the L&SWR was taken over by Southern Railway in 1923 and under their ownership, the station was extended in 1936 to include two new platforms.[7] Services over the old Southampton and Dorchester line via Ringwood fell victim to the Beeching Axe, ceasing in May 1964. The track through the station was electrified in 1967 and the station saw minor changes as part of British Rail's Network SouthEast region.

In 2014 the station received £4.6 million of government grants as part of the Access for All initiative to replace the footbridge at Brockenhurst with a new bridge complete with lift shafts.[8] Step-free access to platforms 1 and 2 was previously by a rotating turntable bridge across the tracks while step-free access to platforms 3 and 4 was across the track bed itself.[9]

Station layout[edit]

The station consists of four platforms, arranged in two island platforms, with a ticket office housed in the main building nearest Platform 1 on the side closest to the village. The platforms, ticket office and car park are all connected by footbridge, with the ticket office at one end and the car park and bicycle hire point at the other end of the walkway.[10]

  • Platform 1 - Up loop platform used by stopping services from Poole where it is overtaken by the express services from Weymouth and CrossCountry services from Bournemouth on platform 2. This platform is occasionally used by Lymington services and a weekday evening service to Portsmouth and Southsea
  • Platform 2 - for through services towards Southampton, Winchester and London Waterloo.
  • Platform 3 - for through services towards Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth.
  • Platform 4 - Down loop platform for Lymington services, this can also be used by other down services, but this is rare.

A signal box and level crossing is located at the northern end of the station.



The station is primarily served by South Western Railway, who operate fast and semi-fast trains from Waterloo to Weymouth (2tph), stopping services from Waterloo to Poole (1tph), and local stopping services to Lymington Pier (2tph). In addition, CrossCountry operate hourly services from Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly via Reading and Birmingham New Street.[11]

Some peak time South Western Railway services by-pass the station without stopping.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Southampton Central   CrossCountry
  South Western Railway
Waterloo-Weymouth express services
  South Western Railway
Waterloo-Weymouth semi-fast services
  New Milton
Ashurst New Forest
or Beaulieu Road
  South Western Railway
Terminus   South Western Railway
Lymington Branch Line
  Lymington Town
  Historical railways  
Terminus   London and South Western Railway
Lymington Branch Line
  Shirley Holms Halt
Terminus   British Rail
Southern Region

Southampton and Dorchester Railway


Local bus routes serve the bus stop located outside the ticket hall. There is a year-round Bluestar 6 service to Lymington in the south, Lyndhurst to the north and onward connections to Totton and Southampton.[12] In the summer time, this is supplemented by the seasonal New Forest Tour green and blue routes to Lymington, Beaulieu, Hythe and Lyndhurst and Burley, New Milton, Barton on Sea, Milford on Sea and Lymington.[13][14][15]

Gallery of historic pictures[edit]

View from station in 1906 showing the level crossing and signal box.
The station as it was in 1963 with Platforms 1 and 2 on the left, and platforms 3 and 4 on the right.
A Class 414 electric at platform 4 in 1973.
Former footbridge in 2010, now replaced by a modern accessible structure with lifts.


  1. ^ "Tracking Our Performance - Achievement and Awards". Stagecoach. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  2. ^ "South West Trains wins top station honour at National Rail Awards". South West Trains. 18 September 2009. Archived from the original on 20 November 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  3. ^ "South West Trains rides away with two national cycling awards". South West Trains. Archived from the original on 3 August 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  4. ^ Holland, Julian (2011). The Lost Lines Of Britain. Basingstoke: AA. pp. 48–51. ISBN 978-0-7495-6631-9.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  5. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1992). Branch Lines Around Wimborne. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 0 906520 97 5.
  6. ^ Holland 2011, p. 50
  7. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1998). South Coast Railways: Southampton to Bournemouth (second ed.). Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 0 906520 42 8.
  8. ^ "New improved passenger facilities at Brockenhurst station officially opened". South West Trains. South West Trains. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  9. ^ "£100 million pounds for accessible stations". Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Brockenhurst (BCU)". National Rail Enquiries. National Rail Enquiries. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  11. ^ Table 51 & 158 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  12. ^ "Bluestar 6". Bluestar. Go South Coast. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Green Route". New Forest Tour. Go South Coast. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Blue Route". New Forest Tour. Go South Coast. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Travel Map". New Forest National Park. New Forest National Park Authority. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.

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