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|Location|| Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole |
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Classification||DfT category C1|
|Opened||2 December 1872|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Poole railway station is on the South West Main Line serving the town of Poole in Dorset,England. It is situated in the town centre next to Holes Bay. It is one of four stations in the Borough of Poole and is 113 miles 62 chains (183.1 km) down the main line from London Waterloo.
The station is operated by South Western Railway and is served by London to Weymouth express and semi-fast services. It is also the terminus for the London to Poole stopping service. Virgin CrossCountry used to operate services from Poole to the North West and Scotland but since 2007 these now start/terminate at Bournemouth.
The first Poole station was on the western side of Holes Bay,at the location that ultimately became Hamworthy Goods. There was a branch to the west of Holes Bay from Poole Junction (now Hamworthy) to the station called Poole,situated to the west of the bridge over the inlet. This was the "Poole" station that Somerset &Dorset trains originally reached over L&SWR tracks,after reversing at Wimborne.
This was inconvenient for the town of Poole,and the L&SWR interest built a railway to reach Poole itself from a new junction at what is now Broadstone,opening on 2 December 1872.
The new station was called New Poole,and the junction station at what is now Broadstone was called New Poole Junction. When this caused confusion,the New Poole Junction station was renamed Broadstone,naming it after the nearby Broadstone Farm.
The original New Poole station buildings were built on the London-bound platform,close to the site of Towngate Bridge which replaced a level crossing in 1971. Following the opening of the Bournemouth Direct Railway line via Sway in 1888,the platforms' direction of travel was reversed. The Victorian buildings were replaced by a British Rail prefabricated structure on the other side of the line in the 1970s. This was replaced by the current station building built in the late 1980s. In 2004 proposals were drawn up for the current station buildings and footbridge to be replaced as part of redevelopment plans for the old goods yard. A hotel was to be built on the site of the current station building,however as of 2010 these plans have not progressed.
Until 1967,trains through Poole were normally steam hauled. Between 1967 and 1988,passenger services on the London Waterloo-Weymouth line were normally provided by Class 33/1 diesel locomotives with Class 438 coaching stock (also known as 4-TC units). The line through Poole was electrified in 1988,using the standard British Rail Southern Region direct current third rail at 750 volts. Class 442 electric multiple units were initially used following electrification,until being displaced by new Class 444 electric multiple units in 2007. Nowadays,a mix of Class 444 and Class 450 units are in use.
The station has two platforms capable of handling trains of 12 coaches,platform 1 is bi-directional. Trains from London terminating at the station regularly use platform 1 before moving to the empty stock sidings further west and reversing for the return service. There was a goods line to Poole Quay which joined the main line at the Hamworthy end of the station. It ran along part of what is now the Holes Bay relief road and West Quay Road. It closed in May 1960 and was removed in 1961.
Poole station is 113 miles 62 chains (183.1 km) from Waterloo. The Engineers line reference code for the line is BML2.
Under the station name signs on the platforms are additional boards informing passengers that Poole is the home of Bournemouth University,the main campus of which is located in the Talbot Village area of the borough. The signs replaced most of the ones displaying the Condor Ferries logo with information on alighting at the station for services to the Channel Islands,though some remain on the station building. The Condor signs,the original version of which were installed in 1997,were in place due to the Condor Ferries Rail/Sea through ticketing scheme which includes a taxi to the Harbour ferry port from Poole station.
There is no passenger service along the railway line linking Poole station with Poole Harbour ferry terminal;however,it is only a 15-minute walk and there is a regular bus service provided by Wilts &Dorset (t/a Morebus) to a stop close to the port (Routes 8/9).
Train running information is provided via digital information displays,timetable poster boards,customer help points and automated announcements. Step-free access is available to both platforms via a ramped underpass.
The station is served by South Western Railway.
The typical off-peak stopping pattern of this station,as of June 2021,is below:
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Parkstone or Bournemouth|| South Western Railway |
South West Main Line
|Parkstone|| Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway |
LSWR and Midland Railways
|Terminus (Poole Harbour)|| Brittany Ferries |
|Terminus (Poole Harbour)|| Condor Ferries |
|St Peter Port|
|This station offers access to the South West Coast Path|
|Distance to path||4 miles (plus ferry)|
|Next station clockwise||Swanage 12 miles total|