Upwey (Dorset) railway station

Upwey National Rail
Place Upwey
Local authority Borough of Weymouth and Portland
Coordinates 50°38′53″N 2°27′58″W / 50.648°N 2.466°W / 50.648; -2.466Coordinates: 50°38′53″N 2°27′58″W / 50.648°N 2.466°W / 50.648; -2.466
Grid reference SY671832
Station code UPW
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 47,010
2011/12 Increase 49,522
2012/13 Decrease 47,614
2013/14 Increase 49,414
2014/15 Decrease 47,936
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
19 April 1886 (1886-04-19) Opened as Upwey Junction
1952 Abbotsbury branch closed
1 December 1952 Renamed Upwey and Broadwey
12 May 1980 Renamed Upwey
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Upwey from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Upwey railway station is a railway station serving the urban areas of Broadwey, Upwey and Littlemoor which are northern suburbs of Weymouth, England. The station is situated on both the London Waterloo-Weymouth and the Bristol-Weymouth routes and is often used by passengers to change between the two.


The first station near this location, simply named Upwey, was opened in 1871 by the Great Western Railway (GWR).[1] On 19 April 1886 that station was replaced by the current station, then named Upwey Junction, a railway junction that opened south of the original station to provide access to the single track Abbotsbury branch. The branch was absorbed into the GWR and survived for 66 years before closure under British Railways in 1952. On the closure of the branch Upwey Junction was renamed Upwey and Broadwey on 1 December 1952,[1] and took its current name, Upwey, on 12 May 1980.[1]

During the Network SouthEast era, the station was refurbished with the trademark red lighting poles, station benches and monitor screens for train arrivals. Rubble from the rebuilt Weymouth station was used to fill in the former Abbotsbury platform for use as a car park. This was done in time for the extension of electrification from Bournemouth to Weymouth in 1988.

Two further stations had Upwey in their name. To the north of Upwey Junction existed a halt called Upwey Wishing Well Halt, while around the bend on the Abbotsbury branch was a station which had originally been called Broadwey. However its name was changed to Upwey as it kept being confused with Broadway, Worcestershire, also on the Great Western Railway.

Thomas Hardy wrote a poem At the Railway Station, Upway,[2] about waiting for a train at a country station. In the days of steam, a favourite excursion was from Weymouth to Upwey, and then on to tea at the Upwey Wishing Well by charabanc.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Broadwey   Great Western Railway
Abbotsbury Branch
Upwey Wishing Well Halt   Great Western Railway
London Paddington-Weymouth
  London and South Western Railway
London Waterloo-Weymouth


A South West Trains' service to London Waterloo

South West Trains operate half-hourly services between London Waterloo and Weymouth via Southampton Central.[3] South West Trains run an additional service running once to twice on a Saturday between Weymouth and London Waterloo via Yeovil operating from late May to early September each year.

Great Western Railway operate services between Gloucester and Weymouth via Westbury and Bristol Temple Meads (8 per day Mon-Sat, 3-5 on Sundays depending on the time of year).[4]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Dorchester South   South West Trains
London Waterloo to Weymouth via Southampton
Dorchester West   South West Trains
London Waterloo to Weymouth via Yeovil Junction
(Summer Saturdays Only)
  Great Western Railway
Heart of Wessex Line


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  1. 1 2 3 Butt 1995, p. 238.
  2. Hardy, Thomas. "At the Railway Station, Upway". Read Books Online. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  3. Table 158 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  4. Table 123 National Rail timetable, May 2016
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