Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Portsmouth

Posted in Great Britain, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 15 January 2012

It’s been a particularly heavy few weeks for away games, what with Derby County, then Sheffield Wednesday a week later, and now the week after that a trip down to the South Coast for the game against Portsmouth. Still, it gets me out and about.

Date: 14 January 2012
Stadium: Fratton Park
Capacity: 20,688
Attendence: 18,492
Away Section: Milton End
Score: Portsmouth 0-1 West Ham United
Nearest station: Fratton
Local rozzers: Hampshire Constabulary
Total Travel Cost: £31.60 (1 x Off-Peak Day Return)

Rail journeys:
11:18 – New Cross to London Bridge (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)
11:35 – London Bridge to London Waterloo East (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)
12:00 – London Waterloo to Fratton (South West Trains Class 450 Desiro)
17:37 – Fratton to Havant (Southern Class 377 Electrostar)
17:56 – Havant to London Victoria (Southern Class 377 Electrostar)
District LineVictoria to Embankment (D78 Stock)
20:17 – London Charing Cross to New Cross (Southeastern Class 465/466 Networker)

Station to Stadium: Unlike many other of the stadia I’ve visited, Fratton Park is an old, outdated one full of character, that is also, mercifully, easy to walk to from Fratton station, thanks in no small part due to the footbridge entrance/exit that takes people across the railway line rather than having to walk all the way from the station building. Out of the footbridge it’s just a seven to eight minute walk down Goldsmith Avenue.

Anything else?: Fratton Traincare Depot occupies the site alongside Fratton station, with two of the sidings right next to Goldsmith Avenue.

Fratton railway station

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