With the advent of the New Year a railway motor service has been inaugurated between Havant and Hayling. The motor service is similar to that running between Portsmouth and Chichester and will carry only one class of passengers. It is claimed that the service is to be improved but it may be pointed out that the most pressing need, that of a later train, is quite ignored.
At a meeting of the South Hayling Parish Council a lengthy discussion took place with regard to the present motor rail service between Havant and Hayling which was described as the most retrograde movement ever undertaken for the island. If it continued it would have a disastrous effect on Hayling as a seaside resort, the chief objection being that nearly half the car was occupied by the smoking department, ladies and children having to go through it on entering and leaving the car, and that as the connection between the smoking room and the other half was being continually opened the whole of the car was little better than a smoker.
There was not sufficient accommodation for luggage and on several occasions it had been placed down the centre of the car. When crowded the conditions were very unpleasant and particularly with the last train on Saturday night, one councillor saying that he travelled by this train and was glad he did not have his wife and children with him.
The abolition of the 2nd and 1st class would have a bad effect on the better class of visitor. Bookings by both these classes from Hayling are not now taken, passengers having to book 3rd from Hayling and rebook 1st or 2nd at Havant.
The LB and SC Railway Company have resumed the motor service for the winter months on the Havant and Hayling branch but have, as a concession to the public, decided to continue the late trains through October. If well supported it is thought these will be a permanent institution.
COASTLINE RAIL MOTOR SERVICES poster