Pokesdown railway station

Pokesdown National Rail

Pokesdown station platforms looking southwards (towards Bournemouth), 22 February 2014
Place Pokesdown
Local authority Borough of Bournemouth
Grid reference SZ124924
Station code POK
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.233 million
2005/06 Increase 0.263 million
2006/07 Increase 0.268 million
2007/08 Steady 0.268 million
2008/09 Increase 0.291 million
2009/10 Increase 0.293 million
2010/11 Increase 0.330 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.312 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.299 million
2013/14 Increase 0.312 million
2014/15 Increase 0.315 million
Original company London and South Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
1 July 1886 Opened as Boscombe
1 October 1891 Renamed Pokesdown (Boscombe)
1 May 1897 Renamed Pokesdown
1930 Renamed Pokesdown for Eastern Bournemouth
? Renamed Pokesdown
National Rail – UK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pokesdown from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Pokesdown railway station is a railway station serving the Pokesdown, Boscombe and Southbourne areas of Bournemouth in Dorset, England. It is located on the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth.

The station is served by South West Trains, who operate semi-fast services from London Waterloo to Weymouth and London Waterloo to Poole stopping services.

The station

The station was opened on 1 July 1886 by the London and South Western Railway. It was originally named Boscombe, which was altered on 1 October 1891 to Pokesdown (Boscombe),[1] since the station was closer to Pokesdown than Boscombe. On 1 May 1897,[2] when Boscombe station was opened, the station was renamed again to just "Pokesdown".

In 1930, the station was again renamed, becoming Pokesdown for Eastern Bournemouth, although it reverted to Pokesdown under British Railways.[2] In the 1930s the Southern Railway made the platform facilities considerably larger, allowing the station to accommodate longer trains. Although some facilities have since been removed, at the time they provided an asset for the non-stopping services because there were tracks to use as fast lines in the up and down direction.

During the 1970s two of the four tracks were removed, and the signal box was closed.

On 16 May 2009 the station signage was changed to Pokesdown for Boscombe with announcements at other stations and on trains changed later on but the station remains officially named Pokesdown.[3] The station is a short bus journey or walk from Boscombe's main shopping area.

Some South West Trains services operated by two four- or five-carriage electric multiple units coupled together cannot be accommodated fully by the platforms and only selected doors open on such trains.

Disabled access

Lifts are present at Pokesdown station but are now disused albeit with evidence of their former existence still in place.[4][5][6] A campaign involving the local MP Tobias Ellwood began calling for the restoration of lifts at the station appears to have been successful with a requirement for the next franchisee to "...work with Network Rail to install a lift on each Platform at Pokesdown Station" mentioned specifically in the Invitation to Tender document for the forthcoming South Western Franchise due to commence on 25th June 2017.[7] Until lift access is restored, the only means of access to Pokesdown's platforms is via stairs from the bridge.


The basic Mon-Sat service frequency at the station is two per hour each way (with weekday peak extras). One of these is a semi-fast service between Waterloo & Weymouth whilst the other is the local stopping service to/from Poole. On Sundays the Waterloo to Poole stopping trains call hourly in each direction.[8]


  1. Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 40. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. 1 2 Butt 1995, p. 187
  3. http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/POK/details.html
  4. "Make Pokesdown station accessible - Lifts now agreed for Pokesdown station!". Pokesdown Community Forum (in English (British)). Pokesdown Community Forum. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. "National Rail Enquiries - Pokesdown station plan (Bridge)". National Rail Enquiries. Association of Train Companies. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  6. 159james. "Abandoned Aldous & Campbell lift at Pokesdown For Boscombe station". Youtube. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  7. "South Western Franchise - Invitation to Tender" (PDF). Department for Transport. Department for Transport. June 2016. p. 94. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  8. Table 158 National Rail timetable, May 2016
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Christchurch   South West Trains
London-Weymouth semi-fast services
Christchurch   South West Trains
London-Poole stopping services
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Coordinates: 50°43′52″N 1°49′30″W / 50.731°N 1.825°W / 50.731; -1.825

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