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Written by Kevin Lee - 31 Dec 2006
last update by Gareth Noble - 17 Aug 2014
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Location notes
Cosham is on the Portsmouth - Southampton/Eastleigh line, it is a well built up area to the north of Portsmouth.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger service consist of:
  • 1 train per hour FGW 158/150 Portsmouth - Cardiff,
  • 1 train per hour SWT 450 Portsmouth and Southsea - Southampton Central stopper,
  • 1 train per hour SWT Portsmouth Harbour - London Waterloo 444,
  • 1 train per hour Southern Brighton - Southampton Central 377,
  • 1 train per hour Southern London Victoria - Southampton Central 377.
    also an ECS Voyager which passes at about 2000 Westbound

    Freight workings:
  • The Fawley - Holybourne - Eastleigh Yard tanks (DB Schenker 66) runs east at around 10:00 and west at around 21:50 as required but normally Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • The Chichester stone train (DB Schenker 66 or Mendip 59) runs as required west at around 1315.
  • Environment
    This is a traditional Southern Railway footbridge linking Highbury with East Cosham. The area is well built up and the younger locals are not always that friendly........! Avoid football colours (except Pompey FC!) especially on a Saturday when Pompey are playing at home at Fratton Park.
    Road directions
    Junction 12 on the M27/A27 is one of these strange ones, so:
    From the east on the A27 take the exit at junction 12, take the last exit at the roundabout heading for Cosham, follow the signs for the station, just as you approach the level crossing turn right into Windsor Road and follow it to the end.

    From the west leave the M27 at junction 12, when you get to the roundabout turn right onto the A27 and follow this to the next roundabout, take the next exit towards Cosham, follow signs to the station, just as you approach the level crossing turn right into Windsor Road and follow it to the end.

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    Cosham Footbridge map co-ordinates
    You can park at the foot of the bridge, but make sure you do not block anyones drive!
    Public transport
    Cosham has a regular train service, with trains to/from Portsmouth, Southampton, Eastleigh, Basingstoke, Waterloo, Havant, Chichester, and stations to Cardiff Central and London Victoria.
    There are also regular buses to/from Portsmouth and surrounding area, see Stagecoach and First Group websites for details. But rather confusingly the majority of the 'northbound' buses do not stop opposite the station (the 'southbound' ones do) and you will need to get off at Cosham Health Centre and walk towards the station (clearly signposted).

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    If you go back to the station and cross to the north of the line you will find Cosham high street with various shops and eateries.
    Accommodation is available in Portsmouth, including the Marriot hotel on the Southampton Road, near Cosham.
    Sun Compass
    Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
    It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
    Cosham Footbridge

    Googly map
    Streetmap links
    Cosham Footbridge general view map
    Cosham Footbridge close up map

    Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
    Cosham Footbridge

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    Photographic notes
    The line here is east-west, and you can shoot from both sides/both ways as the sun moves round, the shot of westbound trains from the south side is a bit nose on. To the west you will have Cosham station itself in your pictures, both wide angle and zoom lenses can be used at this location.
    Due to the urban nature of this location I would not recommend the use of video.

    General views - All photographs © Kevin Lee unless otherwise stated
    Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

    Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

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