Bitterne railway station

Bitterne National Rail

Bitterne Station
Place Bitterne
Local authority Southampton
Grid reference SU438133
Station code BTE
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 83,608
2011/12 Increase 86,720
2012/13 Increase 96,668
2013/14 Increase 0.105 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.104 million
Key dates Opened 5 March 1866 (5 March 1866)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bitterne from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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View NW, towards Southampton in 1963

Bitterne railway station is located in eastern Southampton, England. It is on the main Southampton to Portsmouth coastal line, and serves the suburbs of Bitterne, Bitterne Manor, Bitterne Park and Midanbury.


The station was opened in May 1866 as Bitterne Road railway station.[1] The station itself is located a mile west of Bitterne village, although original plans for the railway line would have seen the railway pass right through the centre of the village.

The line was originally single-track between St Denys and Fareham, with Bitterne acting as a "crossing station", where trains travelling in opposite directions could pass one another. There were three crossing stations on this stretch, with Netley and Swanwick being the other two.[2]


Most train services are operated by South West Trains. Many services pass through Bitterne station without calling, particularly on the Brighton and London lines. Trains run hourly to Southampton Central and Portsmouth and Southsea, calling at all stations en route.[3]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Woolston   South West Trains
West Coastway Line
  St Denys


  1. Bitterne Local History Society (11 Nov 2013). Bitterne and West End Through Time. Amberley Publishing Limited. p. 86.
  2. Williams, Ronald Alfred (1973-09-06). The London & South Western Railway. David & Charles. p. 133.
  3. GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 165 (Network Rail)

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Coordinates: 50°55′05″N 1°22′37″W / 50.918°N 1.377°W / 50.918; -1.377

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