The Battle of Havant- Arbitration 1859

The Battle of Havant 

Introduction

The Hayling Branch line story really began when the Portsmouth Direct Line was established at Havant, reducing the distance between London and Portsmouth by some 25 miles. The direct line was constructed between Godalming and Havant as a speculative venture with neither the London Brighton and South Coast Railway nor the London and South Western Railway being interested, at the time, in the shorter route to London.

Rather than repeat information here, I would recommend reading the article by Ralph Cousins which can be found here. This gives a very good description of the lines serving the area and the struggles to establish running rights at Havant Junction.

Arbitration

Mr Harrison was the arbitrator in the dispute between the London Brighton and South Coast Railway and the London and South Western Railway. The following were the regulations which settled the dispute in 1859.

Regulations

To be observed in Working over the London Brighton and South Coast Railway between Havant Junction and Hilsea Junction, with trains from and to the Direct Portsmouth Railway : – Extracted from Mr Harrison’s award.

 

FIRSTLY. – The Brighton Company shall have the option of appointing, from time to time, at their own pleasure, the number and kinds of their own trains which shall pass the Havant Junction, and the times at which these trains shall arrive at and depart from the Havant Station, or shall pass that Station without stopping thereat. And the appointment of the Portsmouth Company of their own Trains to pass the Havant Junction and of the times at which they shall arrive at and depart from the Havant Station, or shall pass that Station without stopping thereat, shall be subject, and without prejudice, to the exercise by the Brighton Company of that option.

SECONDLY. – But the Brighton Company, after having appointed any trains to pass the Havant Junction, shall not appoint any additional Train, not being an Excursion Train, or a Special Train, to pass that Junction without in every case giving to the Portsmouth Company at least four clear days previous Notice thereof; and after having appointed any time for the arrival or departure of any Train, not being an Excursion Train or a Special Train, at or from the Havant Station, or for its passing that Station without stopping thereat, shall not make any alteration of the respective time without, in every case, giving to the Portsmouth Company at least six clear days previous Notice thereof.

THIRDLY. – When either the Brighton Company or the Portsmouth Company appoint an Excursion Train to pass the Havant Junction, they shall give Notice thereof at least twenty-four hours before the time at which it is to pass that junction to the other party and also their Traffic Manager, and their Station Agent at the Havant Station.

FOURTHLY.- When either the Portsmouth Company or the Brighton Company run any Special Train past the Havant Junction they shall give, where practicable, at least twenty-four hours Notice, and where that is not practicable, the longest practicable Notice thereof to either party, and also their Traffic Manager, and to their Station Agent at the Havant Station.

FIFTHLY. – The Portsmouth Company, after having appointed any Train to pass the Havant Junction, shall not appoint any additional Train, not being an Excursion Train or a Special Train, to pass that Junction without, in every case, giving to the Brighton Company at least four clear days previous Notice thereof; and after having appointed any time for the arrival or departure of any Train at or from the Havant Station, or for its passing the Station without stopping thereat, shall not make any alteration of the respective time without, in every case, giving the Brighton Company at least four clear days previous Notice thereof.

SIXTHLY. – When the Portsmouth Company or the Brighton Company shall cease to run any Train, theretofore appointed by them respectively to pass the Havant Junction, they respectively shall, before or within twenty-four hours after ceasing to run the Train, give Notice thereof to the other party.

SEVENTHLY. – The Time Tables of the Portsmouth Company and the Brighton Company respectively, from time to time hereafter published by them respectively, shall, where any of the respective Trains are appointed to pass the Havant Station without stopping thereat, state the respective time at which every such Train is appointed to pass the Havant Station.

EIGHTHLY. – At least ten clear days before the first day of each calendar month , the Brighton Company shall deliver to the Portsmouth Company a copy of so much of the Time Tables of the Brighton Company for the then next calendar month, as will be sufficient to show the number and kinds of Trains appointed to pass the Havant Junction, and the times for their arrival at and departure from the Havant Station, or their passing that Station without stopping thereat during that calendar month.

NINTHLY. – At least seven clear days before the first day of every calendar month the Portsmouth Company shall deliver to the Brighton Company a copy of so much of the Time Tables of the Portsmouth Company,for the then next calendar month, as will be sufficient to show the number and kinds of their Trains appointed to pass the Havant Junction and the times for their arrival and departure from the Havant Station, or their passing that Station without stopping thereat, during that calendar month.

TENTHLY. – The Portsmouth Company shall not at any time appoint any Train (whether Special Train, Excursion Train, or other Train) to arrive at or depart from the Havant Station, or to pass that Station without stopping thereat, within ten minutes of the time at which, according to the Time Tables of the Brighton Company then in force, or any notice then according to these terms and conditions in force, of any alteration thereof, any Train of the Brighton Company is to arrive or depart from that Station, or to pass that Station without stopping thereat.

ELEVENTHLY. – Where any Trainof the Portsmouth Company or the Brighton Company arrives late at Havant Station, no Train of the other party shall be detained there, unless the two Trains arrive in sight of the Junction Signals there at the same time, in which case the Train first due shall proceed without delay and the other Train shall follow after an interval of at least five minutes.

TWELFTHLY. – The Portsmouth Company shall at all times employ near to the Havant Junction where the double Line of the Portsmouth Railway merges into a single Line of Railway, a fit person properly provided with Telegraph and other Signals, who shall duly Signal all the Trains and Engines of the Portsmouth Company approaching and passing the Havant Junction and who as between the Portsmouth Company and their officers and servants on the one part, and the Brighton Company and their officers and servants on the other part shall be responsible for the safe conduct of all such Trains and Engines over the Single Line of the Portsmouth Railway.

THIRTEENTHLY.- The Engines of the Portsmouth Company from time to time passing the Havant Junction, and whether with or without Trains, shall at all times when passing on or within one mile from the Havant and Hilsea Line carry distinguishing head lights as follows (that is to say), at all times between sunset and sunrise, and also at all times in foggy weather between sunrise and sunset, two head lamps placed one on each side of the smoke-box, the one showing a white light and the other showing a green light and at all other times two white discs placed on each side of the smoke-box.

FOURTEENTHLY. – The Brighton Company shall from time to time deliver to the Portsmouth Company so many copies of the Brighton Company’s General Rules and Regulations, and Service Time Tables and General Orders from time to time issued by the Brighton Company with respect to the service of the Havant and Hilsea Line as shall be sufficient for the purposes of these terms and conditions, and so far as the copies so from time to time delivered suffice, the Portsmouth Company shall supply one of the copies to every servant of the Portsmouth Company from time to time working on the Havant and Hilsea Line, and shall require to keep and make himself acquainted with the same.

FIFTEENTHLY. – In accordance with and subject to the provisions of Sections 39 and 40 of the Portsmouth Act, the servants of the Portsmouth Company from time to time working over the Havant and Hilsea Lines shall, at all times observe those General Rules and Regulations, Service Time Tables and General Orders.

 

The term Portsmouth Company used in these Regulations, shall be held to apply to the London and South Western Company, or any other Company lawfully using the Portsmouth Railway.

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