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A fairly quiet footbridge at Bedhampton on the Portsmouth main line, to the west of Havant where the line is joined by the coastal route from Chichester, Bognor and Brighton and to the east of the triangle where the line diverges for Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton.
Railway type and traffic
SWT 444s/450s on Portsmouth - Waterloo services (2 fasts and 1 slow each way an hour). SWT 450s on Basingstoke (or SWT 170s when from Reading) to Brighton (1 each way an hour). Southern 377s on Portsmouth - Brighton (1 each way an hour), Portsmouth - Victoria (1 each way an hour) and Victoria - Southampton (1 each way an hour) services and the very occasional FGW 158 on a Brighton - Bristol service.
On the freight front there are 2 return workings a day: the Mendip Rail 59 hauled Merehead - Chichester - Westbury stone in bogie boxes and the DB Schenker 66 hauled Fawley - Holybourne - Eastleigh Yard bogie tanks. On alternate Fridays a EurailScout test unit runs in each direction around lunchtime.
The footbridge links two areas of housing at the site of a level crossing. The area is quite quiet but gets 'busier' out of school hours.
From the A3(M), Junction 5 - A27 Junction:
Take the B2177 towards Bedhampton and Havant. Head straight on at the roundabout and the crossroads with the B2150. You will pass a car sales showroom on the left, then the turning for the station (you can see the level crossing). Staunton Road is the next turning on the right, take it and drive down to the footbridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Bedhampton, Staunton Road Footbridge map co-ordinates
As this is a dead-end you can park at the foot of the bridge.
Bedhampton is served by the hourly SWT Portsmouth Harbour - London Waterloo stopping service and the hourly Southern Portsmouth Harbour - Brighton stopping service. Connections into these services can be obtained from almost anywhere by changing at Havant.
From the Eastbound platform exit the station, (from the Westbound platform cross via the footbridge or level crossing). Cross the road and head east parallel to the railway line. Staunton Road is the first turning on the right, take it and walk up to the footbridge.
Alternatively the Stagecoach Number 21 and Number 23 buses to/from Portsmouth/Havant stop on the Bedhampton Road, almost opposite Staunton Road.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are a few shops if you walk back along the road in the direction of the station. Alternativley a short walk (5-10 minutes) or a 2 minute train journey will take you into Havant where there is the usual assortment of shops and eateries.
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Bedhampton, Staunton Road Footbridge
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This location is a 'cloudy day, wrong side' shot only. The bridge is on a tight curve, just outside Bedhampton station with high trees on the south-east side. The location is best for westbound trains, although something of a shot is possible for eastbound traffic. The bridge has long ramped approaches (and low, open sides!) so a variety of heights and angles are possible.
Video would be good at this location, so long as you are on your toes and get your camera turned on quick enough, the station barriers going down will provide some warning of approaching trains, but those not stopping at Bedhampton are usually shifting some!
General views - All photographs © Kevin Lee unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
Fig 2 - Looking east
From the bridge.
Fig 3 - Looking west
From the bridge.
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