|Former Langstone Bridge|
A couple of years ago while completing the Solent Way, I came across the short cycle path known as the Hayling Billy. I remembered that this used to be a short branch line that ran from Havant to the seaside island town of Hayling Island a mere four miles or so away. Having recently explored a couple of other former railways on my bike I thought I’d give this one a go to, especially as it gave me the opportunity to have a nose around a town I would not otherwise go to.
|Start of the Track|
So the fate of the Hayling line was to ultimately join so many others as a cycle route, although of course without the troublesome bridge. The access route from the car park took me over to a point just south of the bridge, but it seemed appropriate to take a closer look before heading south to North Hayling and Hayling Island stations. The outline of the bridge can clearly be seen, with the stumps of where the bridge supports once were still sticking out of the water. Next to it was a rather forlorn looking signal, amazingly with arm still attached and not pilfered by a collector.
|Former Station Site|
|The Only Railway on Hayling Now|
|View Across Langstone Harbour|