Hilsea railway station

Hilsea National Rail
Place Hilsea
Local authority Portsmouth
Grid reference SU663035
Station code HLS
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.223 million
2005/06 Increase 0.241 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.228 million
2007/08 Increase 0.236 million
2008/09 Increase 0.281 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.265 million
2010/11 Increase 0.284 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.283 million
2012/13 Increase 0.288 million
2013/14 Increase 0.310 million
2014/15 Increase 0.325 million
Key dates Opened 2 November 1941[1][2] (2 November 1941[3][4])
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hilsea from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Southsea Railway 1885-1914
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Hilsea railway station is a railway station in Portsmouth, England serving the northern end of Portsea Island, including a large industrial estate nearby.

It is located on the Portsmouth Direct Line which runs between London (London Waterloo) and Portsmouth (Portsmouth Harbour). There were extensive sidings at Hilsea during the second world war.

This railway station is mainly used by commuters who work in nearby Anchorage Park industrial estate. Only stopping trains stop here. This station is rarely manned, only in its peaked hours between 6 and 7am.

Historically, during the Battle of Havant, Hilsea was the terminus of an omnibus link from Denvilles Halt, just east of Havant. When the Portsmouth Direct Line had been constructed by the LSWR, at the request of the residents of Portsmouth, it was necessary that trains run from the Portcreek Junction railway triangle, to Havant Junction, along track owned by the rival LBSCR. The latter firm refused to allow that and engaged in militant obstruction of the track to prevent the running of a through train service for several months.


Preceding station National Rail Following station
Bedhampton   GTR Southern
West Coastway Line
  South West Trains
Portsmouth Direct Line
Cosham   South West Trains
West Coastway Line


  1. Southern Region Record by R.H.Clark
  2. Southern Electric by G.T.Moody 4th Edition page 117
  3. Southern Region Record by R.H.Clark
  4. Southern Electric by G.T.Moody 4th Edition page 117

Coordinates: 50°49′41″N 1°03′32″W / 50.828174°N 1.058818°W / 50.828174; -1.058818

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