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Portchester is on the West Coastway/Portsmouth - Southampton/Eastleigh line, it is a well built up area to the north-west of Portsmouth. It a suburb of the town of Fareham.
Railway type and traffic
Mainly passenger trains, 1 train per hour FGW Portsmouth - Cardiff can be worked by either 158 or 150 but can be a double unit formed of 1 of each class or 2 of the same, 1 train per hour SWT Portsmouth and Southsea - Southampton Central stopper usually worked by a 450, 1 train per hour SWT Portsmouth Harbour - London Waterloo can be worked by 444 or 450 in 4, 8 & 12 car formations for 450's & 5 & 10 car formations for 444, also seen but vary rare a 9 car formed of a 444 & a 450 coupled together, 1 train per hour Southern Brighton - Southampton Central always formed of 377 unless there has been a major issue then a 313/2 can stand in but this is rare, 1 train per hour Southern London Victoria - Southampton Central always formed of a 377.
The Fawley - Holybourne - Eastleigh Yard tanks (DB Schenker 66) runs east at around 0930 and west at night.
The Chichester stone train (DB Schenker 66 or Mendip 59) runs as required west at various times.
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This is a traditional Southern Railway station manned until 10:20 Monday to Friday, 14:00 on a Saturday.
Shouldn't have any issues after dark bar from the speed the trains will be going if they are not booked to stop.
Follow signs from M27/M275/A27 for Portchester then the station is signposted off the main roundabout nearest to the shops, just straight up station road.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Portchester Station map co-ordinates
There a number of local roads you can park in, called The Hillway & Kelvin Grove which are on the north side of the line. You can also park in The Crossways & Newtown which are on the south side of the line. If you don't mind walking a little bit then about 10 minutes if that away is a huge car park behind the shops then just walk through the precinct, then through a subway and straight up Station Road. There is a bus route number 3 at present also an irregular 22 from the Precinct almost to the railway station but this is very dear for normal paying adults, so unless you have a bus pass, it would pay you to walk it!
Portchester has direct services from London Victoria, Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Redhill, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Crawley, Horsham, Barnham, Chichester, Southbourne, Emsworth, Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth & Southsea, Fratton, Hilsea, Cosham, Havant, London Waterloo, Woking, Farnborough, Basingstoke, Micheldever, Winchester, Eastleigh, Hedge End, Botley, Southampton Central, St Denys, Bitterne, Woolston, Sholing, Netley, Hamble, Bursledon, Swanwick & Fareham at least once an hour Monday to Saturday and for most place Sundays as well, but on Sunday a change at Fratton might be needed.
Buses 3 & F3 also serve the station from Portsmouth, Cosham & Fareham. The F3 only runs three times a day. But the 3 now runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday's.
Bus X4, runs every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and Hourly on Sundays, serves Portchester Precinct from Portsmouth, Fareham & various small villages to Southampton.
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There are toilets available till 18:00 along with a Co-Op, Iceland and a few smaller shops in the shopping area along with a fish & chip shop and a pub! The best fish & chip shop is about a 5 minutes drive away in the Cosham direction on the A27 at Mother Kelly's. Direct buses operated between Portchester Precinct & Mother Kelly's every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday on route X4, please note this has to be picked up in Portchester Precinct as it runs on the A27 only.
Nothing of note in Portchester but Portsmouth only 15 - 30 minutes run on train, X4 Bus or car so nothing to worry about.
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Normally pretty good light all round even at night, it goes quite after about 22:00.
Watch out when steam is due it can get very busy! Due to the gradient through the platform and a close on 2 mile straight track!
General views - All photographs © Gareth Noble unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
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