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Published: May 24, 2018

A brand new partnership between local train operator South Western Railway (SWR) and the Swanage Railway (SR) will connect the region to Corfe Castle with  6 new trains each Saturday during the summer (26th May to 8th September inclusive)

Direct trains will run to Corfe Castle from Weymouth, Dorchester, Moreton and Wool (£5 day return) and from Salisbury, Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil and Maiden Newton (£10 day return).

First regular timetabled service from Corfe Castle to London Waterloo since 1969
Corfe Castle will be fully connected to the national rail network with new simple fares.
Poole, Branksome, Parkstone and Bournemouth passengers can connect with a simple change at Wareham to spend a day out in Corfe Castle

Swanage Railway to offer discounted steam train fares too for just £10 for SWR passengers

South Western Railway (SWR) and Swanage Railway (SR) have joined forces to launch new direct train services to Corfe Castle from across the region in a major step forward with a brand new partnership that starts tomorrow (Saturday 26th May).

With the mission of making journeys to and from Purbeck easier and simpler without having to contend with traffic congestion, the iconic Corfe Castle and beach at Swanage is now accessible by train from across the region.

SWR will be operating direct train services every Saturday during the summer from Salisbury, Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil, Maiden Newton, Weymouth, Dorchester, Moreton and Wool and Wareham to Corfe Castle.

With more than 1,100 seats each Saturday on these new services, a £5 ‘special’ return fare to Corfe Castle from South Dorset will help make the partnership a success along with £10 day return fares from South Wiltshire, North Dorset and South Somerset. First Class upgrades are also available at £10. All child fares are half price.

The Swanage Railway will also have a discounted return steam train ticket at just £10 for all passengers travelling into Corfe Castle on one of the new SWR trains and wishing to travel to Swanage. The child return fare will be £5.

Chris Loder, Head of Service Strategy at South Western Railway, said: “This partnership will help to encourage visitors from all over the UK to visit Corfe Castle and Swanage,  whilst at the same time offer local residents a useful and regular rail connection".

Trevor Parsons, Chairman of Swanage Railway Company, said: “We are delighted that this partnership with South Western Railway will enable a regular train service on summer Saturdays to Corfe Castle. This will give everyone the opportunity of visiting the historic Corfe Castle and join us on board our iconic steam trains to the Victorian seaside town of Swanage”.

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, added: “This train service will really help connect the community, as well as offering transport to Wareham, Poole and Bournemouth that will be faster than being stuck in traffic. This is a really good initiative and I hope it is a great

Cllr Bill Trite, Dorset County and Purbeck District Councillor and Chairman of the Purbeck Community Rail Partnership (PCRP) said: "The PCRP is all about promoting a regular rail link between Swanage, Corfe Castle and the main line railway network, so this enterprising arrangement for the summer is a great step towards that objective, building on the hard work of many people to get us to this point.

To book tickets or for more information pop in to one of our station ticket offices, or book online at: http://www.southwesternrailway.com or visit http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/summersaturdays