The Anonymous Widower

The Ringwood Branch Line

Looking for possible privately-funded rail projects, I have come across the Ringwood Branch Line on Wikipedia.

It would appear that the plan is to open a section of the Southampton to Dorchester Railway from Lymington Junction to a new Ringwood station.

This is said in Wikipedia.

A report from the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) published in June 2009 recommended the rebuilding of part of the line from Brockenhurst to Ringwood. It looked into the feasibility of reopening disused lines and stations, and concluded that there was a business case for investing £70m in the new link with an hourly service.

This diagram from Wikipedia, shows the lines in the area.


  1. Would any other stations be reopened?
  2. The line was all double-track.
  3. I’ve flown my helicopter from Brockenhurst to Ringwood and you can clearly see the old track-bed.

This Google Map shows a portion of the route.

The route runs in a curve between Byrbush Car Park in the West and Holmsley Station Tea Rooms in the East.

Earlier, I quoted that ATOC have suggested an hourly service. Would this be one of the following?

  • A shuttle between Ringwood and Brockenhurst like the Lymington Branch Line, which also starts at Brockenhurst.
  • A through train to London.
  • A through train to Southampton.

Given the number of active and proposed routes in the area, there willprobably be better ideas.



March 26, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , | 4 Comments