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Havant station opened in March 1847 when a railway line to Havant from Chichester was built by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway. It featured a level crossing at either end. The western end crossing was replaced by the separate road and footbridges we see today. On opening, there was no direct route to London so passengers had to travel down to Brighton and back up again! This changed when a new single track railway line, the Portsmouth Direct Railway, was built south from Farncombe as a speculative private venture. Eventually, it was adopted by the London & South Western Railway who opened the line in August 1859. It was made double track in 1878. There was great rivalry between the two railway companies at the time, as the L&SWR wanted to access Portsmouth using some of the track owned by the LB&SCR. An agreement for co-operation eventually resulted in harmony.

Havant station was the start of the Hayling Island branch line which opened in 1867 and closed in 1963. Much of the route now forms the Hayling Billy Coastal Path walking, cycling and bridle trail.

Just a couple of stops away from the coast – Havant has good transport links between the cities of Chichester and Portsmouth.

  • Oh I do like to be beside the seasideHayling Island almost just a stone’s throw away from the station – out of the station – hop on a bus or follow the national cycle route 22 over the Causeway and on to the billy trail. Enjoy unspoilt beaches, a traditional fun fare and some of the best fish and chips (the queue in the summer says it all)
  • Explore Havant’s thriving market town with its fine Georgian buildings and narrow weaving footpaths called ‘Twittens’.
  • Traditional markets are some people’s choice of retail therapy – visit Havant on a Tuesday or Saturday and find a bargain or two – pop into one of the many charity shops to find some treasures one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
  • The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant offers live theatre, films and workshops. Discover the history of the area. Something for everyone The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre | Havant, Hampshire
  • Hayling Island has its very own theatre, visit the Hayling Island Station Theatre to see the local Amateur Dramatic Society performances.  Previously the venue of the old railway station. 

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Station Ticket Office Hours

Monday to Friday – 05:40 to 19:55
Saturday – 05:40 to 19:55
Sunday – 07:10 to 20:40

Train Station Information

Car Parking: 492 spaces
Cycle Parking: 92 spaces
Toilets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Taxis Rank: No

Useful Numbers

Customer Services: 0345 6000 650

Travel Assistance: 0800 52 82 100

For train times text HAVANT to 84950