Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership

The Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership is a group of local authorities, local people and the rail industry, working to promote our train and local bus services and doing what we can to improve our stations and services.

Why Three Rivers? The rail routes which the partnership covers run alongside or cross the Avon, Itchen and Test rivers – hence ‘Three Rivers’.

Things are looking good for rail travel in the area: We now have a direct train to Salisbury from Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, Southampton Airport and much of the Southampton suburban area. This also improves the service to Dean and Mottisfont Dunbridge and increases the number of trains between Southampton, Romsey and Salisbury increases to at least two every hour – Dean and Mottisfont & Dunbridge now have an hourly train service Mondays to Saturdays.

On our website linked below, you will find information about trains calling at Salisbury, Dean, Mottisfont & Dunbridge, Redbridge, Millbrook, Southampton, St Denys, Swaythling, Southampton Airport, Eastleigh & Chandler’s Ford. As well as Bursledon, Hamble, Netley, Sholing, Woolston and Bitterne. There’s also station information and ideas for places you can visit within easy reach of the train: Ancient churches, a stately home, shopping, theatre, cinema, live music, restaurants, pubs, even a Tudor garden and tea room.

If you would like to help us – if you live near one of these stations and can be a volunteer on a station adoption scheme, or if you just want to join in our activities please do get in touch.

Many thanks, Mark Miller

Three Rivers Rail Website     –     Three Rivers Facebook Page     –     Three Rivers Rail Twitter

Summer Sunday free Romsey – Stockbridge rail bus 2017 and the return of the Sprat and Winkle rail link!

We are delighted to announce details of this year’s free Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday rail-bus link which the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership will be funding between Romsey and Stockbridge.

As usual, the service, operated by Test Valley Community Transport Services, links up with the trains at Romsey and Mottisfont and Dunbridge Stations to allow access to the wonderful tourist attractions and beautiful countryside of the Lower Test Valley.

But this year the service has been enhanced by the provision of another bus from Stockbridge to Andover, via Danebury Hill Fort, The Museum of Army Flying, The Hawk Conservancy and Grateley Railway Station, again funded by the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership.  This Service 77 will be operated by Stagecoach Buses and will charge fares. The idea is that the two services link up at Stockbridge to provide a through service from north and south, effectively recreating the old Sprat and Winkle Railway line that closed on a similar route in 1967 with the Beeching cuts!

So 50 years on the route is back, providing public transport links on a Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday to most of Test Valley’s tourist attractions and rail stations between 30 April and 17 September 2017. We thank Hillier Gardens, Mottisfont NT, Stockbridge Parish Council, the Museum of Army Flying and the Hawk Conservancy for their generous support of these services.

Leaflets are available for download below, likewise if you have any questions about these services just ask!

Have a great Summer!

Best wishes – Mark


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