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Woolston

Prior to the opening of the impressive Itchen Bridge in 1977, the only way for cars and foot passengers to cross the water from Woolston to Crosshouse had been by using the chain-operated floating bridge; a form of ferry which pulled itself back and forth across the river using heavy underwater chains. Woolston Station was built in 1866 specifically to provide an interchange point for the floating bridge; an early example of integrated transport!


The attractive station building is a twin to the one at St. Deny’s. In the past, Woolston’s busy goods yard served the nearby Thornycroft, later to become ‘Vosper’ Thornycroft, shipyards. The station and yard also served the famous Vickers Supermarine Spitfire aircraft factory nearby. This made the area a target for heavy bombing during the Second World War, and during an air raid in November 1940 a train standing in Woolston Station was hit by a bomb, killing one passenger – a Polish airman. The goods yard closed in 1966, and now housing has been built on the site.

The railway twists its way through Woolston Station and then climbs sharply the short distance to the next stop which is Sholing.

  • Trains leaving Woolston
    Trains leaving the station in the next 2 hours.

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  • Timetable
    Local train timetable for the Three Rivers Route.

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  • Journey Planner
    Planning your train journey to anywhere in the UK.

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  • Velvet Buses
    Calling at Woolston & traveling between Weston Lane & Eastleigh.

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  • First Buses
    Calling at 'Woolston' and travelling between Sholing, Lordshill, Swaythling and Butlocks Heath.

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  • Bluestar Buses
    Calling at Woolston and traveling between Southampton and Boorley Green.

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  • The Three Bears Play Cafe
    Creative & physical activity for the under 5s. Which also offers parent and parent child classes.

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  • Weston Shore
    The park runs alongside the Solent from the city boundary, at Abbey Hill, towards Woolston.

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Station Ticket Office Hours

Monday to Friday 6.10am - 11.00am.

Saturday Closed.

Sunday Closed.

Train Station Information

Car Parking 8 spaces

Cycle Parking spaces & lockers

Buffets: Main entrance and platform 2 & 3

Toilets: None

Taxis: None

Useful Numbers

Tel: 0845 6000 650

Train Information: 0845 7484 950

Travel Assistance: 0845 6000 650

For train times text Woolston to 84950