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Havant railway station

Havant railway station as seen from the western footbridge
Place Havant
Local authority Havant
Grid reference
Station code HAV
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.912 million
2005/06 1.944 million
2006/07 1.918 million
2007/08 1.996 million
2008/09 2.197 million
2009/10 2.124 million
2010/11 2.153 million
2011/12 2.047 million
2012/13 2.152 million
2013/14 2.203 million
Key dates Opened 15 March 1847 (15 March 1847)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Havant from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hayling Island train at Havant in 1958

Havant railway station is a railway station near Portsmouth, England, located on the Portsmouth Direct Line which runs between London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour. Havant is served by trains operated by South West Trains, Southern, and Great Western Railway.

Havant is the nearest station to Hayling Island.


  • History 1
    • Recent changes 1.1
    • 2008/2009 refurbishment 1.2
  • Services 2
    • Eastbound 2.1
    • Westbound 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The first station at Havant was built by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) 500 m to the east - a small wayside station (called Havant Halt). It was demolished after a serious fire. A newer station was then built 200 m west to serve the then new London and South Western Railway (LSWR) Portsmouth Direct Line. This station was demolished so that a bigger station could be built 300 m further west to serve the new Hayling Island branch line.[1] It had three platforms, one for Hayling Island[2] and two for the stopping main line services.

Prior to grouping, the "Battle of Havant" took place between the LB&SCR and the L&SWR when the two railway companies fought for the right to use LB&SCR tracks into Havant in order for the L&SWR to reach Portsmouth. (See Havant New). Although a rarity in the UK, these disputes were quite common in the United States where they were known as frog wars.

Havant was the terminus for the Hayling Island branch services until late in 1963. Apart from the platform there was a run round loop, a siding serving a warehouse and a water column supplied by a circular metal water tank located near the signal box. In the Spring of 1966 the Hayling Island tracks were removed. The space they occupied was later replaced with a car park and a fence on the south side of the platform.[3]

As part of the Waterloo to Portsmouth electrification the station was completely rebuilt in 1938. The number of tracks was increased from two to four, two for stopping trains and the two for non-stop, generally express trains. The northernmost of the two fast tracks (as mentioned above) was later removed, and the remaining fast (through) track was also removed in late 2006. Judging by the new track layout east of the station, this arrangement seems to be permanent.

After the engineering work of 2007 was finally completed after a lengthy delay that had lasted from the beginning of the year, the stations two platforms have become bi-directional platforms. This means that both platforms can be used for trains going in either direction. Such as when the fast Waterloo service, the xx34 is running late behind the slow Waterloo service xx40. This means that the Slower service may be placed on Platform 1, which services to London go on, and wait, while the faster service is brought onto Platform 2, and then over take the service, so that it can make up the time lost, and not lose more time while waiting to overtake the slower service up in Haslemere station.

Recent changes

A diagram showing the layout changes of Havant station, with level crossings labelled as LC

Since July 2006, the Hayling Island platform face no longer exists and a new cycle centre has been built in place of the former platform. A new station name pole has been erected at the position also. As well as these, most of the signs within the station have also been changed and new seats have been installed on the platforms. This is in line with commitments made in the current South West Trains franchise. The signs are in the more traditional style (as seen at Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and across the Southern Railway network).

There has been some discussion about putting a third (terminating) platform in the gap, however this would have to be very short and narrow. There has also been discussion about reinstating the Hayling Island platform, and even the whole Hayling Island branch. Both of these proposals have now been completely abandoned.[4]

In December 2006, the fast southbound through track was removed. Both the entry and exit from the southbound platform were straightened out to allow a quicker entry and exit speed. New crossovers were put in place to allow bi-directional working on both platforms. From west to east the new layout will be: new NB->SB crossover, new SB->NB crossover, existing road bridge, platforms, new NB->SB crossover, existing SB->NB crossover, level crossing. The level crossing was also resurfaced and new crossing gates installed

2008/2009 refurbishment

New ticket barries have been constructed on both platforms making Havant a fully barriered station. As like all other South West Trains stations, ITSO Smartcard readers have been installed on the new ticket barriers, as well as a stand alone unit by the out of hours entrance on the south side.


Havant is a junction station and provides passengers with an interchange between the West Coastway line and the Portsmouth Direct Line. It therefore has services to Portsmouth, London Waterloo, London Victoria via Gatwick Airport, Brighton, Southampton and less frequent long-distance services to Wales and the west country. As of 9 December 2007, South West Trains no longer serve the Brighton Line with the dominant train operator on this route, Southern, reworking its Coastway timetable to accommodate the move. A service is also provided by Great Western Railway (train operating company)|Great Western Railway to and from Great Malvern. CrossCountry services also divert via Guildford and Havant (but do not stop) when the Winchester line is closed due to engineering works.

The typical off-peak service is as follows:



Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Rowlands Castle   South West Trains
Portsmouth Direct Line (stopping services)
  Bedhampton or Terminus
Petersfield   South West Trains
Portsmouth Direct Line
Chichester   Great Western Railway
Emsworth   Southern
Southampton to Brighton and Southampton to London Victoria
Chichester   Southern
Portsmouth to London Victoria
Emsworth   Southern
Portsmouth to Brighton
Warblington   Southern
Portsmouth to Littlehampton
Disused railways
Terminus   Southern Region of British Railways
Hayling Island branch line


  1. ^ Memories of the Hayling Island Branch:Produced by Ian Heys for "Branch Line Videos", Catalogue Number 418-514424
  2. ^ "Branch Line to Hayling" Mitchell,V./Smith,K (In association with Bell,A): Midhurst, Middleton Press, 18984 ISBN 978-0-906520-12-3.
  3. ^ "Catching the train to Hayling Island: a history" Newell, L: Havant, Havant Borough Council, 2005.
  4. ^ Re-open Havant/Hayling Island Railway Line, 23 February 2006

External links

  • Train times and station information for Havant railway station from National Rail

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