28 september 1963
The crossing gates closed to road vehicles with the queue from the Hayling direction visible.
This crossing was the source of frustration but, to the police controlling the traffic in Havant, it provided some relief at the crossroads in Havant. The railway crossing was never authorised.
When the railway was first constructed, it was stipulated that locomotives would not to be used as it only led to the wharves at Langstone and was for freight traffic. Since the extension of the railway to Hayling Island, locomotives were introduced and a proper level crossing was installed. Traffic on both the road and railway was relatively light which probably allowed the lack of legal status to be overlooked.
Over the years, the railway became very successful and the frequency of trains increased, peaking to 21 trains per day on summer weekends. At the same time, road traffic volumes increased greatly resulting in increased frustration with road users. Was the railway a victim of it’s own success?
Photo with kind permission of Alan Bell. Reference 332, Copyright A.A.Bell