Trains to Eastleigh

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Eastleigh is a town that is part of the picturesque Hamble Valley area that developed along the River Hamble and Solent. It is located between Southampton and Winchester. Eastleigh lies on the old Roman road which was built in A.D.79 to connect Winchester and Bitterne. Roman remains were found in the area, including a lead coffin which was discovered in 1908 sign of a Roman settlement. Remains of a Saxon village also existed in the area date back 932 AD.

The town developed thank to the establishment of the railway line by the London and south-Western Railway back in 1838 and the consequent building of the railway station which was originally named Bishopstoke Junction, which was near the little village of Barton. In 1868, thanks to the presence of the railway line the area developed swiftly and merged with the nearby village of Eastley. In 1923 the station was finally renamed Eastleigh. Locomotive works conducted between 1909 and 1920s were determinant for the town's prosperity that brought companies like Pirelly to establish their headquarters in the area. The town acquired fame in 1936 thanks to the launch of a Spitfire prototype from its Aerodrome that since then has become the International Southampton airport.

Today, Eastleigh has a population of 55,000, it saw a rapid expansion in residential, industrial and commercial developments in recent years. Eastleigh rail station has supported this expansion. The railway station is served by the South Western Main Line. South West Railway services provide train services connecting the town to London Waterloo, Winchester to Southampton and Bournemouth and Poole. Eastleigh railway station connects the Eastleigh-Fareham line and the Eastleigh-Romsey line. Passengers travelling from or to this station will find toilets, a cafĂ©, a ticket office and self-service ticket machines directly on the station’s main concourse leading to Platform 1. Lifts and stairs connect the station concourse to platforms 2 and 3 and another refreshments outlet. Passengers requiring accessibility aid are advised to book assistance prior departure or when purchasing train tickets to Eastleigh, to ensure that one of the designated members of staff available at this station is informed and can aid.  Outside the train station travellers can benefit from two car parks and bike racks. Wi-Fi, CCTV and ATMs operate at this station.

The town offers several attractions to its visitors, including Eastleigh Museum, which is located on the High Street and take visitors through the history of the town and the surrounding villages. Art lovers should head to The Point Theatre. Shopping lovers should either head to the town centre and discover the little independent shops offering unique gift ideas or they will find several high street brands at the Swan Shopping Centre. Families should take their children to Fleming Park Leisure Centre or hop on one of the trains on the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway. Nature lovers are advised to visit the Lakeside Country Park where visitors will be able to spot wildlife or visit the Itchen Valley Park surrounded by a thick woodland with water meadow and nature trains. The South Downs National Park is located just a few miles to the north of the town. Eastleigh lies on River Itchen, one of the main chalk streams for fly fishing that attracts hundreds of visitors each year. Passengers travelling by train are advised to purchase train tickets to Eastleigh in advance to benefit from special offers and large discounts.