[Source: Nick Catford]

Date opened: 17.7.1867
Location: On the north side of Station Road
Company on opening: London Brighton & South Coast Railway
Date closed to passengers: 4.11.1963
Date closed completely: 4.11.1963
Company on closing: British Railways (Southern Region)
Present state: Platform unknown - the goods shed still stands and has been converted into the Station Theatre and the platform canopy has been preserved and is in use at the narrow gauge terminus at the Hollycombe Steam Centre, near Liphook.
County: Hampshire
OS Grid Ref: SZ710998
Date of visit: July 1975

Notes: The London Brighton & South Coast Railway opened its line to Portsmouth in 1847; this included a station at Havant. Initially there were no plans to build a branch to Hayling Island but in 1860 a four and a half mile line was authorised from Havant to Hayling Island with a 1100 foot timber viaduct with an opening steel girder section across Langstone Harbour. Much of the line on the island was built on reclaimed mudflats; there intermediate stations at Langstone and North Hayling.

The line opened to Langstone for goods only on 19 January 1865 and to Hayling Island for goods and passengers on 16 July 1867. Initially the terminus was named Hayling Island but was renamed South Hayling in August 1969 reverting to its original name on 1.6.1892.

The line was moderately successful throughout its life but in the early 1960's the condition of the bridge became unsafe and despite local protests the £400,000m required to repair the bridge could not be justified and the line closed after the last train on 2.11.1962

For a full History of the Hayling Island branch and more photographs see Southern E-Group web site.

For further reading Branch Lines of the Southern Railway Volume 1 by George Reeve & Chris Hawkins - Wild Swan Publications 1980 ISBN0 906867 01 0

Click here for more pictures of the Station Theatre

Terrier 32650 A1X Class at Hayling Island Station in 1962

Hayling Island Station in August 1962
Photo by J L Smith

Hayling Island Station in July 1975
Photo by Nick Catford

The old goods shed has been renovated and incorporated into the Station Theatre (July 2005)
Photo by Malcolm Welstead

Click here for more photgraphs of Hayling Island station

[Source: Nick Catford]

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