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Written by James Mayl - 09 Aug 2008
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Location notes
A bridge over the LSWR between Basingstoke and Southampton, about 2 miles south of Winchester city center.
Railway type and traffic
SWT Units 444, 450, 159, 170
Freightliner - 66
DB Schenker - 59, 60, 66, 67.
Occasional steam
Environment
A footbridge over the railway in a quiet village immediately to the south of Winchester.
Road directions
From the south:
Come off the M3 at Jct 11 and follow the signs for St. Cross. At a large roundabout take the B3335 towards St. Cross and Winchester. After 3/4 mile turn left into Mead Road. Follow Mead Road up the hill, and the bridge will be immediately in front of you by a disused level crossing.

From the North:
Come off the M3 at Junction 9, and head onto the A272 which runs south parallel to the M3. Continue following the A272 straight across the next roundabout. Head under the M3 to a roundabout with traffic lights on. At this roundabout, continue straight on into a road called Bull Drove, signposted for St. Cross. Follow this road to it's end, and turn left onto Kingsgate Road. At the end of this road again turn left onto the B3335 St. Cross Road. Follow this road past the first set of traffic lights and immediately after the next pedestrian crossing, turn right into Mead Road. Follow Mead Road up the hill, and the bridge will be immediately in front of you by a disused level crossing.

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Winchester, St Cross Bridge map co-ordinates
Parking
There is space to leave 1 car off the road against the gates of the old level crossing. There are no 'no parking' signs, although I would not leave the car here unattended in case access is required. Alternatively, there is limited free on street parking running from the junction of Hubert Road up to the Bridge. Check your parking bay carefully though, as some are marked resident permit holders only.
Public transport
South West Trains run to Winchester station. From here, Stagecoach and Solent Blue Line run regular buses through St Cross.

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Amenities
Sainsburys is within 5 minutes drive (Badger Farm Supermarket), and is clearly signposted from the large roundabout near Junction 11 of the M3. No toilets are available.
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Winchester, St Cross Bridge

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Winchester, St Cross Bridge general view map
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Winchester, St Cross Bridge



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Photographic notes
The light is good at all times of the day, with un-restricted views in both directions along the mainline. Shots can be taken from the bridge or on the stairs leading up to the bridge. Shots can also be taken from either side of the level crossing, although steps may be required for a clearer view.
Links to photographs at this location

UK Rail Pics - DRS Invasion
UK Rail Pics - St Cross


General views - All photographs © James Mayl unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north

Looking towards Winchester.

Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south

Looking towards Eastleigh.

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

The view towards Winchester from the gates (before trees cut back)

Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south

The view towards Eastleigh looking under the bridge from the gates (before trees cut back)

Fig 5 - Looking north



Fig 5 - Looking north

From the field to the south of the bridge.

Fig 6 - Looking south



Fig 6 - Looking south


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