Portsmouth Harbour railway station

Portsmouth Harbour railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Portsmouth Harbour


code = PMH
manager = South West Trains
locale = Portsmouth
borough = Portsmouth
usage0405 = 0.620
usage0506 = 0.430
usage0607 = 1.391
platforms = 4
start = 2 October 1876

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, an earlier fifth platform having been abandoned. These platforms are numbered 1, 3, 4 and 5. It is managed by South West Trains.

The station is built on a pier made of wood. It has become potentially dangerous over the years, and with large car ferries moving close by, there is a risk of collision. Therefore, there are plans to move the station back onto the position of the original station that was built onto the leading viaductFact|date=February 2007.

History

The station opened in 1876 as the terminus of the Portsmouth Waterside Extension to the Portsmouth Direct Line, which runs between this station and London's Waterloo station [http://www.hants.gov.uk/museum/history/railways/rail24.html] .

ervices

The station is served by a number of train operators. South West Trains operate services to London Waterloo via the Portsmouth Direct Line (via Guildford) and also 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 and London Victoria. Also, First Great Western operate trains via Southampton 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.

Previous Services

The station was once served by Virgin Trains as part of their Cross Country Route with services to and from the north. 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.

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