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Woolston railway station

Place Woolston
Local authority Southampton
Grid reference SU439112
Station code WLS
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*
2004/05  80,427
2005/06 Increase 81,058
2006/07 Increase 88,884
2007/08 Increase 96,577
2008/09 Increase 114,694
2009/10 Increase 125,296
2010/11 Increase 138,466
2011/12 Increase 140,468
2012/13 Decrease 138,432
Key dates Opened 5 March 1866 (5 March 1866)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Woolston from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Woolston railway station is a grade II listed[1] station serving the suburb of Woolston in the city of Southampton, England. The station is operated by South West Trains. Just past Woolston station the line rounds the River Itchen giving a view into the city of Southampton, including Southampton FC's ground. In June 2010 the railway bridge was replaced.


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The station was built in 1866 in an Italianate style typical of William Tite who designed other stations for the London & South Western Railway company.[2][3] A single track line was operated by the Southampton & Netley Railway to serve the Royal Victoria Military Hospital at Netley, which station was also built in an Italianate style.[4]

The station, with a train waiting in it, was bombed during a raid on the Spitfire works at Woolston during the Second World War, and suffered damage.[5] The station's extensive goods yard and brick shed was closed in 1967.[6] In June 2010 the railway bridge was replaced.


Typically one train an hour calls at Woolston in each direction, a stopping service run by South West Trains between Southampton Central railway station and Portsmouth and Southsea railway station, with more services at peak times. Occasional trains run by Southern also stop at the station.

The ticket office is manned Monday - Friday 06:10 - 11:00.[7]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Sholing   South West Trains
West Coastway Line
Netley   Southern
West Coastway Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  St Denys, Bitterne or Southampton Central



  1. ^ Southampton City Council: Listed buildings in Southampton Accessed 17 September 2007.
  2. ^ "List entry". English Heritage. 
  3. ^ Gordon Biddle, Oswald Stevens Nock (1983). The railway heritage of Britain: 150 years of railway architecture and engineering. M. Joseph. p. 206. 
  4. ^ Netley Hospital and its Railways. J.R. Fairman. 1984. ISBN 0-946184-09-7. p30
  5. ^ Edwin Webb, John B. Duncan (1990). Blitz Over Britain. Spellmount. p. 58. 
  6. ^ Edwin Course (1 Jan 1974). The railways of southern England: secondary and branch lines. Batsford. 
  7. ^ "Woolston (WLS)". 

External links

  • Train times and station information for Woolston railway station from National Rail

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